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Rennie Harris Puremovement

Rome & Jewels

December 9 – 10, 2022
Zellerbach Theatre
PLA Presents

“The most brilliant hip-hop choreographer in America,” (The New Yorker) Rennie Harris, is back with a complete re-mounting of one of his most celebrated works, Rome & Jewels. A story of love, fear, violence and triumph, Rome & Jewels challenges preconceived notions of Shakespeare with a hip hop journey through the streets of Philadelphia. The evening-length production was groundbreaking globally, winning numerous awards as it explored racial, religious and economic questions through the lens of gang violence. Honoring Puremovement’s 30th anniversary and featuring some of the original cast, Elizabethan drama gets intermixed with hip hop rhythms and tragic gang culture, resulting in an epic and poetic look at real life.

This performance contains strong language and sexual content.

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December 9 @ 7 PM:
Come early for a pre-show talk with several members of the cast and Christopher Gruits, our Executive & Artistic Director.

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This project is made possible with lead support by the William Penn Foundation.

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This engagement of Rennie Harris Puremovement is made possible in part through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Rennie Harris Puremovement’s Rome & Jewels in the 22/23 season is made possible in part with support provided by the Penn Live Arts Accelerator Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media support for the 22/23 season dance series provided by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Photo credit: Rennie Harris Puremovement