Two reviews today. From Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald:
‘Mekka’ a not-to-be-missed work of redemptionMore from the Herald...
I’d read what I thought was hype and doubted that Rennie Harris had actually forged an extraordinarily new vision of hip-hop dance. Oh boy, was I ever mistaken.
I understand now what everyone who’s seen”Facing Mekka” has been raving about. The 90-minute work presented last night at the Cutler Majestic Theatre by CRASHarts isn’t only entertainment; it’s prophecy as well. Harris takes his rightful place as one of America’s most original choreographers, and it’s safe to say that “Facing Mekka” will prove itself a momentous turning point in the history of early 21st century concert dance.
and from Vanessa E. Jones in the Boston Globe:
‘Mekka’ hip-hops the worldMore from the Globe...
“Facing Mekka” is a performance for the MTV age. The program choreographed by Rennie Harris, who formed his company Rennie Harris Puremovement in Philadelphia in 1991, mixes video, live music, chanting, beatboxing, and dance into a multicultural stew. While the 90-minute piece, performed without intermission, hits enough joyous notes to leave the audience stimulated, its ultimate message is depressing.
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