Rennie Harris: Puremovement

From Rennie Harris Puremovement
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Get on up with Rennie Harris Puremovement! Inspired by the soundtrack of his youth—Soul Train on the TV and James Brown on the radio—Rennie Harris celebrates all that is funk in the world premiere of FUNKEDIFIED. With singular style, commanding control and astounding athleticism, the expressive and internationally-renowned Puremovement breaks the boundaries of locking, popping, hip hop and more. Joined by The Hood Lockers and a live funk band, FUNKEDIFIED will have you grooving to the upbeat, the downbeat and every syncopation in between.

Rennie Harris has "a deep knowledge of hip hop dancing" and a "longstanding lack of interest in maintaining any sort of hip hop status quo."The New York Times "Harris pioneered a new genre of dance performance. It's energetic, individualistic, and when pumped up with the high-flying antics of b-boys, astounding."Dance Enthusiast "Rennie Harris is the most brilliant hip-hop choreographer in America."The New Yorker


Performance Facts

Performance Facts

1 hour and 10 minutes with no intermission

This production will be accompanied by Talk-Backs after each performance.
The performance on 6/8 will be sign-interpreted.
Grade Recommendations

Grade Recommendation:

Best for Grades 4 – 12

Ticket Info

Ticket Information

Students: $2
Chaperones: $5

Tickets to school performances are available exclusively to New Victory Education: School and After-School Partners. Learn more about this program.

Getting to Know Rennie Harris Puremovement

Rennie Harris, a North Philadelphia native, founded Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM) based on his belief that hip hop can express universal themes beyond racial, religious and economic boundaries. Over the past 24 years, RHPM has grown to be one of the pioneers of "organized hip hop dance theater." By merging traditional African dance with contemporary artforms, RHPM opens doors in the dance world for new generations to follow. Their cohesive and cogent voice merges social dances with theater and has been credited for bringing street dance into the mainstream.

Did You Know?

  • Rennie Harris was the first street dancer to receive a doctorate in hip hop culture and street dance. His degrees are from Bates College and Columbia University.
  • Don Campbell's group, The Campbell Lockers, originally inspired Rennie to dance. "I remember seeing them on TV when I was in the 4th grade..." he recalls, "and asking my mom to make me a Knickerbocker set, just like what Don wore."
  • Rennie Harris has been teaching since he was 15 years old. That means he has almost four decades of experience!
  • This is the sixth time one of Rennie Harris' companies has performed at The New Victory, including: LUV: American Style (RHAW, 2015), Rennie Harris RHAW (RHAW, 2013), Rennie Harris' New York Legends of Hip Hop (RHPM, 2006), Rennie Harris' Legends of Hip Hop (RHPM, 2004) and Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM, 1999).


All The Way From...

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
...Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Dance has been a cultural staple of Philadelphia ever since the Dancing Assembly of Philadelphia was established in 1748.

Attending the Performance

All New Victory venues are located on the north side of 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, and are wheelchair accessible.


The majority of this season's performances are presented at The New Victory, a 499-seat, historic, jewel box theater. Make yourselves at home in our lobbies (redesigned Fall 2017!) and stow your stuff in free storage lockers.
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Located just west of The New Victory, the New 42nd Street Studios building is a state-of-the-art, 10-story rehearsal studio/office/theater complex. Productions that require a more intimate space play at The Duke on 42nd Street theater and in the Studios.
Seating varies in these flexible spaces.



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Where To Go

 The Duke on 42nd Street and New 42nd Street Studios
229 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036

 The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036


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