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Rennie Harris' Home
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Rennie Harris' Home. Photo by Paul Kolnik
(2011)
 
Choreographer: Rennie Harris
Music: Dennis Ferrer and Raphael Xavier
 
Bold hip‐hop choreographer Rennie Harris, who worked alongside Judith Jamison and Robert Battle to create Love Stories for the company in 2004, created Home set to a soul‐lifting score of gospel house music by Dennis Ferrer and Raphael Xavier. The work is inspired by stories submitted to the “Fight HIV Your Way” contest of people living with or affected by HIV, an initiative of Bristol‐Myers Squibb.
 
The world premiere of Home took place at New York City Center on December 1, 2011 -- World AIDS Day and a date that holds great significance to the Ailey organization, as it is the day that founder Alvin Ailey died from the disease in 1989.
 
Robert Battle comments: “I think Rennie is great in the way he takes a conceptual approach to hip‐hop. He is bringing a unique perspective to stories that absolutely have to be told, and that ought to be realized in a dance vocabulary that comes from a new generation. The December 1st premiere will be a day of major significance as, in addition to World AIDS Day, it is the day we lost our founder Alvin Ailey to the disease 22 years ago.”

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