[DANCE] The hip-hop culture has moved from the “underground” to the mainstream, that’s for sure. But way before Sprite and Orange County jumped on the bandwagon, there was Puremovement. Rennie Harris founded the dance group Puremovement in 1991 with the idea that “like all art, Hip-Hop expresses the universal themes that extend beyond the boundaries of racial, religious and economic elitism.” Puremovement performed here at the MACC in February. And as a part of the Artists in the Community program, the dancers gave free performances, taught movement demonstrations in schools around Maui County and filmed this show for Akaku TV, all while spinning on their heads—literally. Will Moore produced, directed and emceed the special, which features Harris’ crew performing all that is hip in an art form that is still “searching for validation.” While many people on Maui listen to hip-hop, it is rare to have a well-known artist perform on the island. Perhaps it would do us all a lot of good to tune in and get a taste of something new… hip-hop in its purest form. This time do not miss the style and movement that has inspired youth all over the country.
For more info on Rennie Harris’ Puremovement, visit www.rhpm.org. For more info on Akaku programming, visit www.akaku.org.