“The most brilliant hip-hop choreographer in America” (The New Yorker), Rennie Harris restages his breakout masterpiece, Rome & Jewels. A story of love, fear, violence and triumph, Rome & Jewels challenges preconceived notions of Shakespeare with a hip-hop journey through the streets of Philadelphia. The evening-length production was groundbreaking globally, winning numerous awards as it explored racial, religious and economic questions through the lens of gang violence. “The Basquiat of the U.S. contemporary dance scene” (The London Times), legendary choreographer Harris reinvents a timeless tale to embody the diverse African-Diasporic traditions of the past and to pave the way for innovative storytelling through dance.
Rennie Harris Presents: Rome & Jewels was the 2023 New York Times Critic’s Pick! Read the review here.
Content Advisory: Rennie Harris Presents: Rome & Jewels contains strong language and is not recommended for young children.
Run time is 75 minutes, no intermission. An artist-up close conversation with RHPM company members will take place immediately following the performance.
Rennie Harris Presents: Rome & Jewels is made possible in part through funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this [project] do not necessarily represent those of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.