With the academic year in full swing at SUNY Oswego, the ARTSwego Performing Arts Series has launched their 2008-2009 season. We recently attended the opening performance of “Rome & Jewels” by Rennie Harris Puremovement.
A bold and provocative production, the show illustrates the dark rivalry of B-boys and hip-hop street gangs. As the fog rolls over the audience, we are filled with anticipation for what is to come.
“Rome & Jewels” is progressive and dramatic storytelling. Shakespearean verses are juxtaposed with Ebonic sonnets to create contemporary poetry on stage. It is Romeo and Juliet meets West Side Story on the urban streets of today. We witness the struggles of our protagonist as he comes to terms with his destiny, and we are reminded that violence begets violence.
The show is infused with dynamic music and features incredible dance moves. The exuberance of the artists permeates the theater and the audience soon becomes a lively part of this high-energy performance.
The images below appear courtesy of ARTSwego and Rennie Harris Puremovement:
Committed to artistic excellence, ARTSwego presents diverse cultural programming for campus and community residents. This includes a Performing Arts Series, a Writing Arts Program, the Ke-nekt’ Chamber Music Series, selected gallery exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and movie screenings.
For more information about ARTSwego programming, call 315/312-4581. For a complete arts calendar listing, visit www.oswego.edu/arts.