Rennie Harris Puremovement - American Street Dance Theater



In advance: $40, $35, $25, $20
Day of show: $45, $40, $30, $25

Rennie Harris



Returning to one of our favorite summer venues, Cain Park, Rennie Harris Puremovement celebrates 30 years and will perform the evening legth work, Nuttin’ But A Word. This acclaimed work pushes the boundaries of street dance vocabulary, allowing audiences to view street dance through a different lens. Challenging the viewer's perspective of street dance or hip-hop dance and its culture, Nuttin’ But A Word takes you on a dramatic and abstract journey.  Twisting, matching, juxtaposing, and pulling vocabulary and music in ways unimaginable, the work ends in a traditional hip-hop celebration – what Africanists may refer to as the “Bantaba.”

Founded in 1992, Rennie Harris Puremovement is dedicated to preserving and disseminating hip-hop aesthetics and street dance culture. With his roots in the inner city, Harris presents a unique story, one that is riveting, intimate, and honest. Rennie Harris Puremovement’s mission is to re-educate the masses about hip hop culture and street dance through its artistic work. Harris’s work embodies the diverse and rich African-Diasporic traditions of the past, simultaneously evolving a new voice through dance. Harris is committed to showing audiences a sincere view of the essence and spirit of street dance. Voted one of the most influential people in the last hundred years of Philadelphia history, Mr. Harris has received several accolades, including the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, the Governor’s Arts Award, a United States Artist Fellowship, and an honorary doctorate from Bates College. He has choreographed and been commissioned by dance companies across the country, including the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Don't miss this outdoor performance that will have you grooving in your seat!

“The Basquiat of the US. Contemporary dance scene, Rennie Harris has literally embodied the history of hip-hop dance.” - London Times 

DANCECleveland previously presented Rennie Harris Puremovement at Cain Park in 1998.