Philadanco! & Rennie Harris Puremovement
A creative fusion of ballet and hip-hop
Performance Dates
Thursday, February 8, 2018 7:30pm at Centennial Hall

"If there's fun to be had, PHILADANCO will have it. But if there's deeper purpose, these performers will clarify it, underscore it and make you pay attention." – Dance Magazine

PHILADANCO! presents “Straight Outta Philly” in collaboration with Rennie Harris Puremovement. In this unique presentation, two of Philadelphia’s greatest dance institutions will meet on stage in a fusion of hip-hop and ballet.

Across the nation and around the world, PHILADANCO is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance.  Founded by Joan Myers Brown in 1970, the group has a legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides.

In a society where hip-hop is often portrayed as a violent, undisciplined counterculture, RENNIE HARRIS PURE MOVEMENT deconstructs popular perception of this medium, expanding and challenging the boundaries and definitions of hip-hop in general. As hip-hop continues to be chosen as the modern generation's medium of expression, RHPM works to honor its history, explore its ideas, and further its contributions to the surrounding community.

Harris, a North Philadelphia native, founded RHPM based on the belief that hip-hop is the most important original expression of a new generation, with the unique ability to express universal themes that extend beyond racial, religious, and economic boundaries.

Donna & Bruce Beyer
Jill & Herschel Rosenzweig

Dr. Mary Jo Ghory