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Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theatre

March 22 – 23, 2024
Zellerbach Theatre
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23/24 Season Artist-in-Residence | Toll the Bell

“The most brilliant hip-hop choreographer in America,” (The New Yorker) Rennie Harris returns with a 30th anniversary retrospective of works that helped catapult his company to the world stage. In Students of the Asphalt Jungle, March of the Antman and P-Funk, Harris explores gun violence, gangs and other themes as relevant today as when they first premiered. Beautifully crafted and ahead of their time, these acclaimed classics are paired with current repertoire including A Day in the Life and The Word to showcase how Harris “expertly uses hip-hop movement to establish emotional atmosphere” (The New York Times) and tell a story we all need to hear.

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This performance is part of Toll the Bell, our a year-long focus bringing greater awareness to the gun violence epidemic affecting our city and the entire country. The project culminates at 1 PM on June 7, National Gun Violence Awareness Day,  with a major city-wide sound installation. » Learn more
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Mar 22 at 7 PM:
Come early to enjoy a pre-show talk between Rennie Harris, Christopher Gruits, our Executive & Artistic Director, and Samantha Hill, Curator of Civic Engagement at the Penn Libraries' Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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Penn Live Arts is the artistic home of Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theatre. These performances are made possible in part with support provided by the Penn Live Arts Accelerator Program.

Rennie Harris in Residence has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Rennie Harris Puremovement is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Media support for the 23/24 season dance series provided by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Photo credits:
1: JHsu media
2-4: Courtesy Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theatre