Looking Ahead: Rennie Harris Puremovement and John Mulaney
I don’t know about you, but I’m still on somewhat of a Kinky Boots high and super bummed that it’s gone … for now; however, I’m grateful that it does return Dec. 29, 2015- Jan. 3, 2016! Meanwhile, there are two exciting things happening this week to help pick us back up! Rennie Harris Puremovement and John Mulaney will entertain audiences Friday and Saturday in Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts!
Rennie Harris Puremovement’s work encompasses rich and diverse African-American traditions of the past while simultaneously presenting the voice of a new generation. It has continued to increase audience numbers each year, encouraging young dancers and sharing their enthusiasm for hip-hop dance theater. The goal is to provide audiences with a sincere view of the essence and spirit of hip-hop, rather than the commercially exploited stereotypes most often presented by the media.
Harris, a North Philadelphia native, founded RHPM based on the belief that hip-hop is the most important original expression of a new generation, with the unique ability to express universal themes that extend beyond racial, religious and economic boundaries. In a society where hip-hop is often portrayed as a violent, undisciplined counterculture, RHPM deconstructs popular perception of this medium, expanding and challenging the boundaries and definitions of hip-hop in general. As hip-hop continues to be chosen as the modern generation’s medium of expression, RHPM works to honor its history, explore its ideas, and further its contributions to the surrounding community. CLICK HERE for tickets!
John Mulaney is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world. He was recently seen starring in Fox’s new comedy “Mulaney,” about a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level. He also served as creator, writer and executive producer on the series.
Mulaney began his career in New York’s East Village as part of the two-man “Oh Hello Show” with comedian Nick Kroll. He has since performed everywhere from Ireland to Australia to Grand Isle, Nebraska. He was named one of Variety’s 10 comics to watch in 2008 – the same year he began working at “Saturday Night Live” where he appeared as a “Weekend Update” correspondent and co-created characters such as Stefon with Bill Hader.
Mulaney’s first comedy special, “The Top Part,” was released in 2009 and reviewed as “a finely-crafted piece of work” by The Huffington Post. He released his second Comedy Central special and album “New in Town” in 2012, and upon review, EW.com hailed Mulaney as “one of the best stand-up comics alive.” CLICK HERE for tickets.