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Rennie Harris Funkedified

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Rennie Harris

Choreographed by Rennie Harris

Rennie Harris Founder/Artistic Director

Presented in partnership with Department of Theatre and Dance and KAZI-FM

Considered to be the pioneer of street dance theater, Rennie Harris presents his new evening-long multimedia work that celebrates funk music and street dance of the 1970’s.

Narrated by Rennie Harris and set against the landscape of a video montage of African-American communities of that era, Rennie Harris Funkedified navigates the audience through a snippet of the 70’s per Harris’ journey into funk music and culture, which ultimately evolves into hip-hop culture. The piece features dancers from Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theater Company, internationally known lock-dance group The Hood Lockers, and New York funk band Invincible.

Rennie Harris is currently teaching at the University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance.

View event program.

Discussion with Rodney Hill
Tue, Oct 29
6:45 pm
Bass Concert Hall, Level 4
Featuring Rodney Hill, Company Manager, Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theater Company
Open to Performance Ticket Holders
Meet & Greet with Company Members
Tue, Oct 29
Following the Performance
Bass Concert Hall, Level 6 (The Loft)
Open to Performance Ticket Holders
Traffic Notice
Utility relocation work to support the new multi-purpose arena is anticipated to begin with staged mobilizations as soon as Monday, October 7.

From October 7 through December 2, 2019, the campus community can expect these travel, parking and pedestrian pathway changes on Red River from Clyde Littlefield to MLK:
  • Red River will be reduced to two lanes, allowing two-way traffic.
  • Parking on Red River will be closed from Clyde Littlefield Drive to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (MLK).
  • Alternative sidewalk routes per posted detour signage.
Please expect increased congestion along San Jacinto Blvd between MLK and 18th street until Sunday, December 1, 2019 for utility construction related to the Capitol Complex Construction Project. Various intersection and street direction changes will occur during this timeframe. Additionally, several Capital Metro routes that travel along this corridor will also be rerouted due to the construction project.

The Basquiat of the US contemporary dance scene, Rennie Harris has literally embodied the history of hip-hop dance.

– London Times

Rennie Harris Funkedfied from Texas Performing Arts on YouTube.

Fun Facts:

  • Considered the pioneer of street dance theater, Rennie Harris was voted one of the most influential people in the last century of Philadelphia history.
  • Harris has been awarded three Bessie Awards, three Alvin Ailey Black Choreographers Awards, and has been nominated for a Lawrence Olivier Award.
  • Harris toured the middle east as one of four Ambassadors for the US as part of President Obama’s cultural exchange program, DanceMotion USA.
  • Funkedified is inspired by the atmosphere of Harris’s childhood and will feature a live funk band as well as the internationally known lock-dance group, The Hood Lockers.