PRESENTS WHITE BIRD UNCAGED 2017-18
Click to read the Eugene Weekly Cover Story “Black Movement Matters” written by Rachael Carnes.
Legendary hip hop choreographer Rennie Harris returns to White Bird Uncaged with his newest work Lifted, combining gospel music and house dance to explore contemporary issues of community and spirituality. Loosely based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Lifted follows a young black man who is surrounded and supported by his church community. Harris’ new work promises to be an exhilarating and moving epic dance narrative.
-Rennie Harris Puremovement was founded in 1992
-Young Harris found inspiration in Don Campbell and The Campbell Lockers
-Lifted follows the journey of a young, black man who is encapsulated and uplifted by his church community
-Harris believes that to fully experience other cultures, you must first understand your own—which is why he places so much emphasis on the history of hip-hop
-The company aims to open dialogue around racism and discrimination, as well as teach respect and appreciation for hip-hop