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 Funkedfied 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 a teacher at the University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance.
The Basquiat of the US contemporary dance scene, Rennie Harris has literally embodied the history of hip-hop dance.
– London Times
- 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, Dance Motion USA.
- Funkedified is inspired by the atmosphere of Harris’s childhood and will feature a live funk band and the internationally known lock-dance group, The Hood Lockers.