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Jan. 6, 2006

Rennie Harris Puremovement Brings Jaw-Dropping Hip-Hop To Hancher Jan. 21

Hancher Auditorium will present the jaw-dropping hip-hop dance of Rennie Harris Puremovement, in conjunction with Martin Luther King Week at the University of Iowa, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

Several other events, most open to the public free of charge, have also been scheduled during the company's visit to Iowa:

-- Friday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m. -- a Lecture/Demonstration: "The History of Hip-hop," by Puremovement dancers, in the Old Brick Church and Community Center, 26 E. Market St. in Iowa City;

-- Friday, Jan. 20, 8:30 p.m. -- a poetry slam co-sponsored by Slam Iowa City, in Old Brick (Interested in competing? Contact Joe Mirabella via email:;

-- Saturday, Jan. 21, 2-4 p.m. -- Hip-hop dance workshop with Distinctive Nobodies in the UI Field House gym, co-sponsored by Arts a la Carte (to pre-register via email:; and

-- Saturday, January 21, 6:45 p.m. -- Pre-performance demonstration in the Hancher lobby by Distinctive Nobodies, free to all performance ticket holders.

Rennie Harris Puremovement is 90 minutes of gravity-defying twists, turns and seemingly effortless acrobatics, transplanted from the streets of urban America to the concert stage. The Jan. 21 Hancher performance will include "P-Funk," set to the old-school funk of Parliament and Funkadelic; Harris' signature solo of the tough streets, "Endangered Species"; "March of the Antmen," inspired by the Million Man March; and the flashy dance jam of head slides, one-arm spins and flips entitled "Continuum."

Citypaper in his hometown of Philadelphia concluded, "If Rennie Harris Puremovement were any hotter, it would incinerate before your eyes. . . . Yet the company offers more than flash and dash. Harris is a man with a message. The impressive athleticism and crowd-pleasing choreography are vehicles for hard-hitting subject matter."

Harris, a Bessie Award-winner for choreography, founded Puremovement in 1992, with the belief that hip-hop is not a disposable pop fad, but instead a new generation's expression of the culture of African-American and Latino-American communities, a tradition to be honored and celebrated.

Rennie Harris Puremovement has performed to sold-out venues in the United States and abroad including on Broadway, the Grand Halle de Parc de la Villette in Paris, the Reichhold Center in St. Thomas, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Holland Dance Festival, the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, the Spoleto Dance Festival, the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia and the Nervi Festival in Italy.

Local sponsors of Rennie Harris Puremovement are Roger and Gayle Klouda and the Iowa House Hotel. The performance is also supported by the Heartland Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O'Lakes Foundation, Sprint Corporation and the Iowa Arts Council.

Tickets are $34/31/28; UI student $30.60/15; senior citizen $30.60/27.90/25.20; youth $23.80/15.

Beginning Jan. 17, Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Even before the box office re-opens on Jan. 17, tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: <>.

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