Rennie Harris Puremovement
For 20 years, this North Philadelphia–raised choreographer and his company have taken street forms and swept them to new platforms, honoring hip-hop culture while creating ambitious, transcendent works. This virtuosic troupe of dance theater innovators will present three N.Y. premieres: Get it, Church, and Spirit Migrations, as well as the show-stopping crowd-pleaser Students of the Asphalt Jungle.
A Batalha do Passinho (U.S. Debut)
Echoing early hip-hop’s evolution, violence at Brazil’s famed baile funk parties was transformed into a constantly shifting battle of dance moves. These passinho duels, powered by funk carioca beats, have leapt from favela face-offs to national obsession. Now the movement’s intense rhythm-driven athleticism and sheer competitive joy come to the U.S. for the first time.
Judges: Akim Funk Buddha, Doug Elkins, and Rokafella
Host: Zuzuka Poderosa