July 20-21, 7:30PM
The History of Hip Hop Lecture/Demonstration
Wed | July 18 | 7:30PM
Join us before the opening night of LIFTED for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and remarks from Festival Director, Shoshona Currier.
Fri | July 20 | 5:30PM | Olin Terrace
$60 includes gala reception and ticket to the performance.
Loosely based on Oliver Twist, LIFTED delves into the organic spiritual tapestry of house music and dance, which is often referred to as going to “church.” It tells the story of Joshua, who rebels against an uncle and aunt who are raising him. They, in turn, force him to go to church in hope of giving him guidance and comfort in his time of mourning — but Joshua decides to rob the church instead, as a condition of joining a band of pickpockets.
Rennie Harris has taken hip-hop dance from inner-city streets to a mainstream audience. In so doing he has transformed both art form and audience, and has proven that hip-hop can transcend boundaries of race, religion, gender and economic status. With his company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, this North Philadelphia native is internationally known for such works as the spiritually driven “Facing Mekka” and the critically acclaimed “Rome and Jewels,” a hip-hop opera that transports “Romeo and Juliet” into the world of rival B-boys and street gangs which premiered at the Bates Dance Festival in 1999.
“Mr. Harris’s choreography is never about tricks: his dances, as always, are about the spectacle of atmosphere.” – New York Times
“Harris is nothing less than an international guru of hip-hop choreography” – Portland Press Herald
Don’t miss these other events:
Inside Dance with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Independent Artist, Curator, Poet
Mon | July 16 | 7PM | Celebration Barn Theater
Thu | July 19 | 12PM | Auburn Public Library
Sat | July 21 | 7PM | Schaeffer Theatre
FREE with purchase of ticket to performance