Post date: 27 November 2013

Watch the Red Bull BC One live stream of the 2013 world finals online taking place in Seoul, South Korea on Saturday 30 November 2013 from 10am UK time!

16 of the world's top b-boys will battle one another in one of the world's most intense solo breakin' battles in the world celebrating their 10th year - and you can watch it right here!

Making up the line up will be six qualified b-boys from regional qualifiers, eight returning competitors from the past 10 years of BC One, and two special invites - see the full list below!

Watch Red Bull BC One 2013 live stream online

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Red Bull BC One 2013 World Finals running order

Performance: Korean traditional dance meets b-boys
1st round: Three rounds of battles per b-boy
2nd round: Three rounds of battles per b-boy
Semi finals: Three rounds of battles per b-boy
Performances: KRNFX & Mike Song (Performance Act)
Drunken Tiger feat. Rakaa (Music Act)
Finals: Three rounds of battles per b-boy

Red Bull BC One 2013 qualified competitors

Red Bull BC One Latin American Finals Winner: Arex (Colombia)
Red Bull BC One North American Finals Winner: Gravity (USA)
Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Finals Winner: Lil Zoo (Morocco)
Red Bull BC One Western European Finals Winner: Froz (Italy)
Red Bull BC One Eastern European Finals Winner: Robin (Ukraine)
Red Bull BC One Asia Pacific Finals Winner: Nori (Japan)

Red Bull BC One returning competitors

RoxRite, Mounir, Wing, Neguin, Lilou, Hong 10, Omar, Ronnie

Special Invites

Taisuke and Menno

Post date: 20 November 2013

Breakin' Convention and Pavilion Dance South West is pleased to present Open Art Surgery in Bournemouth for the first time with some incredible local artists and companies daring to try something new in the theatre!

Featuring local dance crew BEAT, the UK's first and only two-time UK B-Boy World Championships winning crew Second to None and Salisbury local Helen Kirby, Open Art Surgery also includes Broken Rose, Ella Mesma and Winston Pyke rounding off its line up.

Tony Thrills and Alesandra Seutin will mentor each of the artists and companies to create and develop work within the space of a week before presenting what they've created in its raw form to a live audience who are invited to critique, discuss and feedback directly to them, helping shape and improve future re-workings.

Open Art Surgery will take place on Saturday 30 November 2013 at Pavilion Dance South West Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU at 7.30pm 

Tickets just £5 - buy online or call 01202 203 630 

Line-up correct at time of publishing. May contain language and themes unsuitable for children.

Check out how the Open Art Surgery participants have been getting on below (click here if the slideshow doesn't load/if you're viewing on a phone)

Post date: 10 October 2013

Following an explosive return to the stage for Jonzi D last year, Lyrikal Fearta is back for 2013 featuring a triple bill of work which embarks on a UK tour across the UK this October and continuing into 2014!

Featuring the return of The Letter exploring Jonzi's responses being offered an MBE his latest solo work uses trademark Jonzi "choreopoetry" to paint a picture of "stunning, rhythmical clarity" (The Stage), looking at this sensitive subject matter through the eyes of an animated cast of characters - of which Jonzi plays all of them! The Letter is accompanied by a commissioned score played live by member of the Speakers Corner Quartet Kwake Bass.

Broken Lineage, a newly commissioned piece with Ivan Blackstock of BirdGang Dance Company, explores the gap between the old skool and new skool hip hop generations, bringing Jonzi's unique perspective to evolving social issues.

Across the UK tour Jonzi will also be collaborating with local artists making each of the tour stop offs unique to each city, including the likes of OneNess Sankara, GREEdS, Zena Edwards, TenchoO, Midi Intellect, Freestyle Fictionary, Berkavitch, Nehemiah "Nene" Smith, Banxy, Testament, Robby Graham, Butterscotch and Hines - see individual dates below for who is appearing where.

Lyrikal Fearta: The Letter and Broken Lineage tour dates

18 January 
Richmix, London 

22 January 
Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury 

24 and 25 January 
Birmingham Rep 

28 January 
Sherman Cymru 

29 January 
Courtyard, Hereford 

30 January 
Contact, Manchester 

31 January and 1 February 
Black-e Liverpool 

3 February 
Edgehill, Lancaster 

5 February 
Circomedia, Bristol 

6 February 
artsdepot, London 

8 and 9 February 
The Albany, London 

Commissioned and produced by Sadler's Wells
Also supported by Pavillion Dance Southwest, Jonzi D Productions and Breakin' Convention. 
The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells.
Co-commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West
Jonzi D is a Pavilion Dance South West Playtime Artist

Post date: 10 October 2013

We are looking for a dynamic Breakin' Convention Administrator with substantial experience of working in the performing arts, to provide administrative and co-ordination support to the Breakin' Convention Festival 2014 and the UK Tour 2014, part time over the next seven months.

Company Administrator (Part Time)

This vacancy has now closed and application download links removed

The successful candidate will have an interest in hip hop culture, particularly dance and be supportive towards the aims and objectives of Breakin' Convention and Sadler's Wells Theatre. They will have excellent administrative, negotiation, communication and organisational skills, a good eye for detail as well as excellent computer literacy skills including MS Word, Excel and Outlook.

Experience of working in dance industry would be an advantage.

Salary £5,265 pro rata (FTE £17,550 per annum), plus benefits.

To be considered for any vacancy at Sadler's Wells, the Company's application form must be completed.  

Please send your application to the HR department, (Ref BCA), Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN or e-mail your completed on-line application form to recruitment@sadlerswells.com by 9.00am on Monday 21 October 2013. Late applications will not be considered.

Closing date for applications is 9.00am on Monday 21 October 2013. Interviews will take place on Thursday 24 October 2013.

Sadler's Wells guarantees interviews to suitably qualified disabled candidates.

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Post date: 09 October 2013

Breakin' Convention returns this May - June 2014 as we embark on a UK-wide tour! We're hitting up 10 of the UK's top theatres bringing you a sensational line up of international hip hop crews to perform alongside local companies. This is going to be our biggest and best UK tour yet - and applications to be in it are now open! 

Breakin' out with us will be ILL-Abilities (International), Ukweli Roach (UK) and Wanted Posse (France) who will perform alongside the UK's finest local hip hop acts.

If you think you've got what it takes to tear it up on the Breakin' Convention stage we'd love to hear from you. You can download an application for Breakin' Convention 2014 below - please make sure you read through the submission guidelines before applying. 

Apply for Breakin' Convention Tour 2014

Download and read the Breakin' Convention submission guidelines 
Download Breakin' Convention 2014 application form 

Applications for the Breakin' Convention tour are now closed.

Breakin' Convention Television (BCTV): Emerging Local Film-Makers Wanted!

Do you have an eye for great cinematography? Can you tell a story through video? Is your film-making innovative?

As part of the Breakin' Convention UK 2014 tour we are looking for the next generation of film-makers from around the UK to take part in a training and mentoring programme. The selected emerging film-makers will have the opportunity to produce engaging video content for BCTV, our online channel launching March 2014.

Applications for BCTV are now closed. 

Breakin' Convention 2014 UK tour dates 

Sadler's Wells, London 
Sat 3 - Mon 5 May 2014 

Doncaster CAST 
Saturday 10 May 2014

Kings Lynn Corn Exchange 
Tuesday 13 May 2014

Inverness Eden Court 
Fri 16 & Sat 17 May 2014

Birmingham Hippodrome 
Tues 20 & Weds 21 May 2014

Whitley Bay Playhouse  
Sat 24 May 2014

Brighton Dome 
Tues 27 & Weds 28 May 2014

Bristol Colston Hall 
Sat 31 May 2014 

Blackpool Grand 
Tuesday 3 June 2014

Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre 
Saturday 7 June 2014 

Post date: 09 October 2013

The Elite Force Crew is flying over to the UK this November as part of The Origins of Hip Hop, seeing four of NYC's first successful hip hop dancers paired up with the other elements of hip hop culture for three days of workshops, panel discussions and performances.

Buddha Stretch, Link, Brooklyn Terry and Bobby Mileage will be sharing their knowledge of New York's hip hop dance culture through intensive workshops and detailed seminars on their experiences and journey in the development of the dance form. 

The Origins of Hip Hop, a free event organised by PHD Events will take place from 1 - 3 November at Brunel University alongside live performances and showcases from UK crews.

Tania Diggory, Founder of PHD Events states "We are really excited about the launch of PHD Events. We have some incredibly talented UK artists involved and the pioneers we are featuring from America are not only teaching dance workshops but sharing their experiences and knowledge on hip hop as a culture."

Given the rare opportunity of having all four of the active members of Elite Force in town means it will be a weekend to pick up valuable information straight from the horse's mouth as participants will have the opportunity to question the four influential figures of east coast hip hop dance.

"This is a really exciting time to educate people on the history of the rich culture of hip hop, especially since so many pioneers are still around today to pass on their experiences," continued Tanya. "With a line-up of inspiring activities and performances, PHD Events aims to provide the younger generation and hip hop enthusiasts with the chance to meet, learn from and interact with those who have lived through the culture from the start; ultimately enhancing the standard of hip hop education in the UK."

Registering for PHD: The Origins of Hip Hop is free, although workshops and parties are priced individually or as a package deal.

Along with the dance performances MCs, graffiti artists, beatboxers and DJs have been rounded up across each day to touch upon the other hip hop elements

Register at www.phd-events.com for further updates!

Post date: 08 October 2013

Just Jam, Bad Taste Cru's annual hip hop festival at Dance City in Newcastle is back for its sixth year on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2013 along with a three day lead-up to the main event with a b-boy bootcamp hosted by Freeze of Ghost Crew, and Jam n Juice theatre night in association with Breakin' Convention!

Part of Juice Festival, NewcastleGateshead's festival for children and young people, the weekend is sure to be yet another vibing weekend of family friendly, all-engaging hip hop.

"This is the third time we have partnered with Bad Taste Cru and Dance City to bring you this exciting event," said Claire Newton, festival director of Juice Festival. "The energy is infectious all weekend and we are proud to bring some of the biggest names in breakdance to the North East as part of this must see celebration of hip hop dance culture.  Everyone is welcome to join in what promises to be a weekend to remember!" 

Along with its established battles, theatre night and b-boy bootcamp where breakers will be put through drills to drive their dance, Just Jam 2013 will include the BirdGang Hip Hop Academy and a No Excuses, No Limits workshop with B-Boy Redo of ILL-Abilities.

"We are very proud to present Just Jam International. It brings top level performers from all over the world to Newcastle to celebrate hip hop culture, and has a great atmosphere," added Paul Martin of Bad Taste Cru. "We open the doors to everyone from the die hard hip hop heads, to young kids and their families, creating an exciting, fun and unique experience."

The event aims to give local dancers the opportunity to perform with and compete against respected international professionals, pushing the UK scene to the next level and celebrating the positive work that the North East natives have put in throughout the year.
  
Who's teaching, performing and battling when? 
Click each event to find out more 

Wednesday 23 - Friday 25 October
Just Jam Intl: BBoy Bootcamp with Freeze (Ghost Crew) 

Saturday 26th October 
BirdGang Hip Hop Academy 

Saturday 26th October 
No Excuses, No Limits with BBoy Redo (Holland) 

Saturday 26 October
Jam n Juice Night
 in association with Breakin' Convention 
With: BirdGang, Bad Taste Cru, Redo, South Paw, Battalions, DJ Rasp, Ben Jammin', Hustle, Sana Crew, Custom Breaks, Decote Dance and more

Sunday 27 October
Just Jam Intl 2013 1 on 1 b-boy battles 

8 International invites:
Thomaz (Rockafellaz, Poland)
BGirl Bo (ADHD, Holland)
Filco (OPB, Belgium)
Vimcem (Acropom, Spain)
Dark Marc (Ghost Crew, Norway)
Kleju (Polskee Flavour, Poland)
Redo (Ill Abilities, Holland)
Pluto (Ruffneck Attack, Ukraine)

8 UK Invites:
Sam (Flying Jalapenos, Glasgow)
BGirl Rawgina (Ghetlow Pirates, Leeds)
Iain Bru (Heavy Smokers, Edinburgh)
Happy Face (Recession Squad, Dublin)
Zorro (Ghetlow Pirates, Huddersfield)
Ichiban Sam (MDK, London)
Kelly (Bad Taste Cru, Newcastle)
Chilli (Rain Crew, London) 

For additional information visit www.justjamintl.com 

Post date: 08 October 2013

Do you have an eye for great cinematography? Can you tell a story through video? Is your film-making innovative? We want to hear from innovative, emerging film-makers with an understanding of hip hop culture to tell unique stories and promote the positive aspect of hip hop to the rest of the world!

Breakin' Convention is looking for the next generation of film-makers from around the UK to take part in a training and mentoring programme. Tied into our 2014 UK tour we're also looking for film-makers from in or around the cities we're touring to: Birmingham, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Doncaster, Inverness, Kings Lynn, London and Whitley Bay.

With hip hop alive in every city we want local film-makers to document what's going on in their scene and provide a slick insight into our world that showcases an alternative to the bubble-gum dance that is prevalent within primetime mainstream media. It will be your mission to represent what's happening in your city while Breakin' Convention provides you with an international online platform to showcase your work.

If you are selected as one of our film-makers you will be invited to our BC Local Film-Makers Day in London where you will learn more about Breakin' Convention, your role as well as taking part in a range of sessions delivered by experienced film-makers and industry specialists. Our mentor will also spend a day with you in your hometown focussing on film-making techniques and skills specific to your needs or knowledge gaps.

Film-makers will work closely with Breakin' Convention, our mentor and venues to create and follow briefs to document the festival as it comes to your city. You will be expected to make a minimum of two short films which will be uploaded to our channel. You will create a highlight film of the Breakin' Convention Festival in your city and at least one other film which you will be responsible for conceptualising, writing a proposal and treatment and delivering.

Does this sound like you? Apply now! Visit the BCTV application page now to find out more! 

Subscribe to our channel

If you're not a film maker but you're interested in the development of BCTV why not subscribe to our YouTube channel below ahead of its launch next March? Simply click the button below (you might have to sign in first) to be notified when we upload new videos!

Post date: 04 October 2013

When Nobulus came to Breakin' Convention in 2007 they came with a vision following their spellbinding performances after representing Austria at Battle of the Year 2006.

Out of the Shadow was a performance delving into the darkest depths of the human soul choreographed by Nobulus' founder, Alex Wengler, later returning as an extended piece at Breakin' Convention 2008 with clever outfits, human sculptures and set to a stirring classical soundtrack Alex had a hand in creating.

For the first time in five years since Breakin' Convention brought them to the UK Nobulus will be touring the UK this October until November.

Set to an epic soundtrack, audiences will see primal images of sacrifice and betrayal, of love and pleasure, death and destruction set in an apocalyptic world created by Alex and partner Surgej Pumper.

Says Alex: "I created the concept and with support from the dancers we created the production. Sergej has been influential as he was a dancer in the original production and has been there throughout every step of the way. I have very specific ideas about costume and design and particularly music." 

Part of the show's appeal is the imaginative use of the dancers' bodies as sculptures instead of props to tell a story without the need for a huge set, which wasn't possible with a lack of funding in 2007.

"We couldn't build a set, we had to do that with our bodies," recalls Alex. "Originally I had a dream of building a set when we were able to do a bigger production." 

But when they received the funding to extend the show he realised adding a huge set might take away from some of the artistry, instead saving the money to found the Hip Hop Goes Theatre festival and give companies similar to his a chance to perform on stage: "When I got to that point and we were making a full-length version I realised that if I added a set it would take away so much from the show it would change it completely. I decided that the strength was with us using our bodies."

"In hip hop we are always creating illusions. As a b-boy when I do a freeze I'm imagining that for a split second someone is taking a photograph of me and I'm creating a shape," he explains. "It might be a baby, a chair or even superman! We believe in the illusion we create, that is why they are believable."

See some of Nobulus' hip hop artistry by catching them on tour at the following theatres across the UK from 8 October!

Out of the Shadow 2013 UK tour 

8 and 9 October 
Oxford Playhouse 

11 and 12 October 
Hall For Cornwall, Truro 

15 and 16 October 
Southbank Centre, London 

18 and 19 October 
Lighthouse, Poole 

22 and 23 October
Sherman Cymru, Cardiff 

25 October 
Cast, Doncaster 

29 and 30 October 
Brighton Dome 

1 and 2 November 
Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury 

5 November 
Grand Theatre, Blackpool 

8 and 9 November 
Northern Stage, Newcastle 

12 and 13 November 
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 

15 and 16 November 
The Lowry, Salford 

18 November 
Nottingham Playhouse 

Post date: 09 September 2013

Following the full house at Birmingham Hippodrome's Patrick Centre, Breakin' Convention is excited to announce its next Open Art Surgery will be taking place in London!

Open Art Surgery invites you to delve into the mind and souls of some of the UK's finest hip hop artists as they dare to try something new, dangerous and exciting! 

Artists present brand new short works devised and developed at Sadler's Wells with mentorship from Tony Thrills and Anthony Ekundayo-Lennon.

This edition of Open Art Surgery at the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler's Wells in London, includes an all-star line up of choreographers devising and creating brand new work.

Buy tickets now! Or call 0844 412 4300

Some are returning faces, while others are first-timers: Ben Jammin'Botis Seva (Far From The Norm), Mouse (Mighty Zulu Kingz/Floor Gangz/Beat Chameleon), Nefeli Tsiouti, Spoken Movement and Yami 'Rowdy' Lofvenberg

The work they will show will be created within the space of a week before being presented in raw form in front of an audience who will help feedback and shape the development of the piece.

Check out how the Open Art Surgery participants have been getting along below!

Open Art Surgery takes place on Friday 13 September at 7.45pm (doors at 7.30pm) at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN.

Tickets are just £5 though there is a booking fee online and over the telephone - there is no fee when booking in person.

Suggested Age Guidance 14+. Under 5s are not admitted to this event.

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