Poppin', lockin', breakin' animation -- even if you're not well-versed in the different styles and nuances of Hip Hop dancing, chances are you'll take something positive away from a RENNIE HARRIS/PUREMOVEMENT performance. In fact, that's precisely the vision of Philadelphia native Lorenzo "Rennie" Harris -- to bring the universal themes of Hip Hop dance to a wider audience.Presented by Contemporary Dance Theater in the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater on Friday and Saturday, the widely acclaimed company is making its first-ever Cincinnati appearance. Formed in 1992, the all-male company has been disseminating Hip Hop culture through residencies, lecture demonstrations, workshops, mentoring programs and, of course, exuberant performances.
For their Cincinnati performances, Rennie Harris/Puremovement will present a diverse body of repertory work in a range of Hip Hop styles not limited to break-dancing. Judging by the company's list of sold-out performances in several venues worldwide, the dancing is reputed to be virtuosic, electric and highly physical, while offering broad entertainment appeal. From its urban origins as a street dance, Hip Hop, according to Harris' philosophy, has spawned "the most important original expression of a new generation." That's a bold statement -- check it out.