Philadelphia dance companies Philadanco and Rennie Harris Puremovement will bring their tribute to the City of Brotherly Love to Penn State. The troupes will perform the “Straight Outta Philly” collaborative dance performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 27 in Eisenhower Auditorium.
“The performance features two powerhouse and longstanding Philadelphia dance companies,” said Amy Dupain Vashaw, the Audience and Program Development Director for the Center of the Performing Arts at Penn State. “The modern dance company Philadanco was founded to support the careers of dancers of color and Rennie Harris Puremovement is a hip-hop dance company.”
The companies will perform separate routines throughout the night’s performance and will come “together for a blowout finale,” Vashaw said. The routines will showcase themes of social injustice and language and will focus on artistic expression through dance.
“These are two of the finest dance companies in the US,” Vashaw said. “I am most excited about seeing the magic that these two companies work together onstage.” Vashaw also mentioned she is excited about the technique master class being offered on Friday to Penn State students.
Philadanco choreographer Dawn Bazemore will speak on the ground floor of the Arts and Design Research Incubator of the Borland Building at noon on the day of the performance. Bazemore will discuss making art from a real-life incident and how art can impact the topic of social injustice.
For more information on the performance and purchase tickets here.