Heaven in Philly

Photo courtesy of PIFA

Have you ever experienced Heaven? Well, from April 15-17 you will have the opportunity to. The first ever Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) will not only present you with a Philly twist on Paris of the 1900s, but also provide a way to Heaven – through dance.

Rennie Harris Puremovement, world-known dance company founded by Philly native and hip hop ambassador Rennie Harris, in collaboration with French hip hop choreographers Gemini and Michel “Meech” Onomo has created a work that reflects on the emergence and popularization of hip hop. Inspired by Stravinksy’s masterpiece Rite of Spring, Heaven is a work of art that rethinks how shared cultural vocabularies in dance and music cross generations and cultural divides.

As one of the 135 events scheduled throughout PIFA, your journey through the often misunderstood world of hip hop will be lead by 15 dancers to the backdrop of Japanese motifs and multimedia anime that includes an innovatively designed lighting installation and live music.

Heaven is a true collaboration of art and cultures as inspiration is drawn from the past, mixed with present and designed to inspire the future through the global language of dance. Whether you are a hip hop newbie or already wise to the culture and lifestyle that is hip hop, I will see you in Heaven.

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Stay tuned for my weekly coverage of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts through May 1, supported by PIFA.

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