Breakin' Convention 2017 Artists Line Up

Boy Blue Entertainment (UK)

Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy’s next generation of dancers will showcase why Boy Blue Entertainment are consistently one of London’s leading dance companies. Accompanied to a thumping set from Boy Blue co-founder Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, prepare to witness East London’s mark on the street dance map!

Performing on Saturday 29 April on the main stage.

Cheerito (Russia)

Straight outta the Siberian underground comes b-boy Cheerito. Idiosyncratic, surprising, with a funny freakish flexibility. With dramaturgy by Drosha Grekhov, Balance is the first theatrical solo by this unique dancer, and will have its world premiere at Breakin’ Convention 2017. A major force on the b-boy battle scene winning many major international titles, Cheerito is also a member of Illusion of Exist.

Performing on Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 April on the main stage

Chey Jurado (Spain)

Chey performs Agua, a sensitive piece filled with gestural droplets that develop into a waterfall of b-boy fluidity. This talented mover won the solo section of Festival HOP in Barcelona 2016. A Breakin’ Convention premiere. 

Performing on Saturday 29 April on the studio theatre.

DC Vortex (France)

Based in Paris, DC Vortex are a versatile collective adept in a variety of styles including house dance, popping and breaking. Choreographed by house dance legend Yugson of Wanted Posse fame, INSTINCT has beautiful lighting design, and is vigorously performed to an original music score made up of drum solos, beatbox and sampled sounds. 

Performing on Sunday 30 April on the main stage.

Dani & Sia (UK)

Black Love Matters in this sensual duet between Dani and Sia. This couple have previously performed at Breakin’ Convention with a variety of different companies, including Avant Garde, #PPL, and Josephine ‘Realitie’ Rollings. 

Performing on Saturday 29 April on the main stage.

Emma Houston (UK)

Choreographer Emma Houston seamlessly brings together breaking and vogue dancing in a unique celebration of progressive gender politics. Developed at Open Art Surgery, Breakin’ Convention’s professional development course for hip hop artists.

Performing Saturday 29 April on the main stage.

Freefly Crew (UK)

Blackpool’s finest b-boy crew perform at Breakin’ Convention London for the first time. Freefly Crew’s crazy slapstick approach makes them stand out in the hip hop theatre scene. Be prepared to LOL. Also performing at Breakin’ Convention at Blackpool, 27 May. 

Performing on Saturday 29 April on the main stage. 

 

Geni Lou & Pax (Australia/Canada)

Out of the darkness emerges a mesmerising popping duet from Montreal, addressing the erasure of women in history. Developed at Back to the Lab, Breakin’ Convention’s two-week professional development intensive for hip hop choreographers.

Performing on Sunday 30 April on the main stage.

Hungry Sharks (Austria)

#FOMO explores our incessant desire to be connected via social media, while detaching ourselves from the real world. Hungry Sharks consist of b-boys from all over the Austrian battle scene. Choreographer Valentin Alfery performed at Breakin’ Convention with Nobulus 10 years ago!

Performing on Saturday 29 April on the main stage.

Just Dance (South Korea)

B-Boy Ducky leads this squad of b-boys from Korea’s most infamous crews: Gamblerz, Rivers and Drifterz, known for winning world titles over the last 15 years. The 7 Human Emotions features live drumming and traditional Korean masks in a presentation of ancient culture with a hip hop remix. You’ll be astounded by their extreme power moves and sharp technicality. Starring B-Boy Ducky, B-Boy Seen, B-Boy Wasabi, B-Boy Pop, B-Boy Dol, B-Boy Pocket and B-Boy FE

Performing on Saturday 29 April on the main stage.

The Locksmiths (UK)

After opening Breakin' Convention with a bang last year, the UK’s top locking crew return with a visionary piece by choreographer Ben Ajose-Cutting, aka Mr Ben. Unlock The Funk explores how to free ourselves from the restrictions that block our soul.

Performing on Sunday 30 April on the main stage.

Natalie James (UK)

Natalie James, a regular performer at Breakin’ Convention, will bring her aerial skills to our mainstage for the first time. 

Performing on Sunday 30 April on the main stage.

Old Men Grooving (UK)

Finalists on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, OMG in fact consist of some of the UK’s funkiest old skool poppers and lockers. 

Performing on Saturday 29 April on the main stage.

Sample Culture (Netherlands)

Known for his hyperflexible style of b-boying with his crew, Roy of The Ruggeds appears in Boredom 2.0, an apathetic duet set to a jazz soundtrack. Roy appeared with The Ruggeds on the Breakin’ Convention 2016 UK tour.

Performing on Sunday 30 April on in the studio theatre.

Soweto Skeleton Movers (South Africa)

From the most notorious township on the African continent comes the Soweto Skeleton Movers. The audience highlight of Breakin’ Convention 2016 returns with a brand new show. Experts in a particular form of pantsula dance developed by Skeleton Mover pioneer Jabulani, the crew use comedic contortionism, frenetic footwork, and magical hat tricks that astound and amaze! 

Performing on Sunday 30 April on the main stage.

Tentacle Tribe (Nobody Likes A Pixelated Squid) (Canada)

‘Conceptual hip hop with a contemporary twist’. Elon and Emmanuel return to Breakin’ Convention with a new piece Nobody Likes A Pixelated Squid. Luxurious movement phrases in this contemporary/break fusion piece. 

Performing on Sunday 30 April on the main stage.

Tentacle Tribe (Origami Mami) (Canada)

Three women shape and reshape the space around them with intimate, interconnected movement gestures, breaking out into technical footwork phrases. More assured work from the Montreal hip hop dance scene. 

Performing on Saturday 29 April on the main stage.

Tom Tsai (USA)

Breakin’ Convention welcome back Tom Tsai after successfully wowing audiences with his incredible ability to combine spoken word with virtuoso power moves. A Calm Place At Sea is a sensitively constructed piece, showcasing Tom’s proficient b-boy technique and clever wordplay, with a disarming twist in the tale. 

Performing on Saturday 29 April in the studio theatre.

The Rebirth Network (UK)

Choreographer Daniel 7, with a committed ensemble of street dancers, present a hard-hitting piece of protest dance theatre. Influenced by images of a world in conflict. 

Performing on Saturday 29 April on the main stage.

Theo 'Godson' Oloyade (UK)

Witness the explosive movement krump in this group performance choreographed by Boy Blue Entertainment’s Theo ‘Godson’ Oloyade. As seen on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Performing on Saturday 29 April on the main stage.

XXV (UK)

A passionate piece filled with shadows and urgent movement choreographed by L’Atisse Rhoden. This piece was originally formed by a group of close friends in memory of Hannah Defoe and celebrates her life in what would have been her 25th year.

Performing on Sunday 30 April on the main stage.

Wayward Thread (UK)

“It’s terrible! But what right do I have to comment...?” How do you approach the discussion about racism, as a ‘white’ man? Choreographer Si Rawlinson bravely questions history’s attitude to civil rights, with a mix of breaking and verbatim spoken word. Developed at Back to the Lab, Breakin’ Convention’s two-week professional development intensive for hip hop choreographers.

Performing on Sunday 30 April on in the studio theatre.