Hailed as “the most brilliant Hip-hop choreographer in America” by The New Yorker, Philadelphia native Rennie Harris is a world-renowned Hip-hop ambassador and a true dance legend. His internationally acclaimed company will perform Nuttin’ But a Word, a fresh and thrilling work that embodies Harris’ three laws of Hip-hop: Individuality, Creativity, and Innovation.
With a life-giving mix of contemporary dance, Hip-hop, and street dance forms, Harris creates breathtaking and profound choreography with his internationally acclaimed company Puremovement. He’s been honored with prestigious awards including the Alvin Ailey Black Choreographers Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Doris Duke Arts Award, and the Dance Magazine Legend Award. Harris is renowned for creating work that is fresh and surprising, yet rooted in deep knowledge and a scholarly background in the history and traditions of many Hip-hop forms.
OZ Arts Nashville is located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville, TN 37209. Their website is: ozartsnashville.org Phone: 615.350.7200. Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now as follows: Opening Night, Thursday, Oct. 14 at 8:00 p.m. $25.00; Friday Night, Oct. 15 at 8:00 p.m. $30.00; and Saturday Night, Oct. 16 at 8:00 p.m. $35.00. The company’s Nashville residency will also include free community events at the National Museum of African American Music and TM Productions.
Guests attending this event will be asked to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours. Patrons may present a physical vaccination card or a photo of a vaccination card, along with valid photo identification. Covid tests should be date-stamped PCR or antigen tests administered within 48 hours prior to the event (not home tests).
The company’s Nashville residency free workshops and community engagement activities are as follows:
THE HISTORY OF HIP-HOP DANCE on Wednesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. NMAAM Roots Theater, 510 Broadway, Nashville. In partnership with OZ Arts Nashville, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is hosting Rennie Harris on October 13th, 2021 as part of their Fine Tuning: A Masterclass Series. Titled “The History of Hip Hop Dance,” the event includes a 45-60 minute interactive presentation and history of various street dance styles, including beginner hip-hop, house, and breaking. The event is free of charge and attendees should bring their confirmations upon their arrival. The event will also be livestreamed via NMAAM’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theNMAAM. Reservations and masks are required to attend the lecture-demonstration in person. The museum will have masks available for visitors as necessary.
HIP-HOP MASTERCLASS on Saturday, October 16, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., at TM Productions, 630 Rundle Ave., Nashville. Dancers are invited to join company members from Rennie Harris Puremovement for a FREE, high impact masterclass at TM Productions, featuring the company’s expertise in various Street dance styles from Hip-hop to house. Participants are expected to have intermediate dance experience or above. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Masks must be worn at all times during this workshop and inside the TM Productions facilities.