The Joyce Theater Foundation will celebrate the joy of hip-hop dance and gospel music at the New York premiere of LIFTED: A Gospel House Musical, the latest work from the brilliant mind of Rennie Harris. The universal story of one man’s spiritual journey told through dance will be presented at the Joyce Theater August 9-14. Tickets, which range in price from $10 to $55, can be purchased at www.Joyce.org or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Note: Ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information and to learn more about Joyce Theater’s detailed health and safety protocols, including required face coverings and proof of vaccination policies, please visit www.Joyce.org.
One of America’s foremost hip-hop choreographers, Rennie Harris, brings his street dance theater to The Joyce this summer with the New York premiere of LIFTED: A Gospel House Musical. Centered on the story of a young black man and his journey to healing and redemption through faith and community, the evening’s work is a seamless fusion of live gospel music, hip-hop dance theater and house dancing. In Rennie Harris: LIFTED, this master of movement celebrates the rich traditions of each art form while interweaving their individual traits to create a story that speaks directly to the human spirit.
ABOUT RENNIE HARRIS
Lorenzo “Rennie” Harris is one of hip-hop’s foremost ambassadors, having grown up steeped in its culture and immersed in all its forms. Throughout his career he has embraced hip-hop culture and sought to honor his heritage of African and African-American-Latino cultures. Dedicated to bringing hip-hop and street dance to all, Harris’ artistic philosophy reflects a deeper understanding of people that spans racial, religious and economic boundaries. He is well versed in the vernacular of “clean” hip-hop, as well as B-boy, house, GQ and other styles that emerged spontaneously from America’s inner cities, such as the North Philadelphia community in which he was. raised. Noted for coining the term “Street Dance Theatre”, Harris brought social dances to the concert stage, creating a cohesive dance style that finds a compelling voice in theater. He has received three Bessie Awards, four Alvin Ailey Black Choreographer Awards, an Ethnic Dance Award and the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for Choreography. Harris has been nominated for the Olivier Awards twice, for his seminal work Rome & Jewels, as well as Love Stories in 2006. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, PEW Fellowship, USA Artist of the Year Fellowship and the coveted “Philadelphia Rocky” Award, among others. In 2000, Harris was voted one of Philadelphia’s most influential people of the past 100 years, alongside Dr. Julius Erving and Princess Grace Kelly.
ABOUT THE JOYCE THEATER
The Joyce Theater Foundation (“The Joyce”, Executive Director, Linda Shelton), a not-for-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community for nearly four decades. Under the direction of founders Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, Ballet Tech Foundation has acquired and renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea. Opened as the Joyce Theater in 1982, it was named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther’s clear, fearless vision and bountiful generosity that made the construction of the theater imaginable and ultimately possible. The property was secured by The Joyce in 2015. The theater is one of the only theaters built by dancers for dancing and has provided an intimate and elegant home to more than 400 American and international companies. The Joyce has also extended its reach beyond its Chelsea home through offsite presentations at venues ranging from Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater to Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog Art Center and outdoor programs at spaces such than Hudson River Park. To further support the creation of new work, The Joyce maintains longstanding commission and residency programs. Local students and teachers (K-12th grade) benefit from its school curriculum, and family and adult audiences get closer to dancing with access to performers. Joyce’s annual season of approximately 48 weeks of dance now includes more than 340 performances – both digital and in-person – for audiences of over 150,000.
The Joyce Theater presents the New York premiere of Rennie Harris: LIFTED August 9-14. The schedule of performances is as follows: Tuesday-Wednesday 7:30 p.m.; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2 p.m. Tickets, which range in price from $10 to $55, can be purchased at www.Joyce.org or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Note: Ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information and to learn more about Joyce Theater’s detailed health and safety protocols, including required face coverings and proof of vaccination policies, please visit www.Joyce.org.