Rennie Harris Puremovement

Recorded at Jacob's Pillow: 
August 13, 2000

Lorenzo "Rennie" Harris was born in 1964 and grew up in North Philadelphia where he became well-versed in the vernacular of hip-hop, including various techniques of b-boy, house dancing, and stepping. He founded his company in 1992 in order to preserve and disseminate hip-hop culture through workshops, performances, and a variety of other activities. He made his Pillow debut as part of the Jazz Tap/Hip Hop Festival in 1997, and has returned several times since to both perform and teach. His Rome and Jewels is a recasting of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, translated into another style for the current generation just as West Side Story had done in the 1950s.

Dance Title: Rome and Jewels
Choreography: Rennie Harris (2000)
Performers: James "Cricket" Colter, Duane Lee Holland, Jr., Forrest "Getemgump" Webb
Sound Design: Darrin Ross