Post date: 24 January 2014

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

Following the Autumn 2013 run the show has gained critical acclaim from the hundreds of people that came to see it - check out some of their feedback below. 

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 Act On Words, Nene, Marius Mates & Andrei Roman, 4DEE & Joe Blow, Mickael 'Marso' Riviere, Freestyle Fictionary, Innuendo, Nicky Trad and 2K, Re-Position, Theo 'Godson' Oloyade and Jane Sekonya - 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: 16 January 2014

Breakin' Convention is pleased to announce the four choreographers that will be working under the guidance of Jonathan Burrows and Jonzi D for this year's Back to the Lab course.

Emma Jayne Park (Cultured Mongrel Dance, Edinburgh), Gavin Vincent (Soul Mavericks, London), Kwame Asafo-Adjei (Spoken Movement, London) and Sean Graham (London) will each present brand new work developed over the intense two week course in front of a live audience at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells.

Come along: Saturday 8 March – book tickets now! 

Back to the Lab sees four hand-picked hip hop choreographers working with a renowned choreographer from outside the hip hop realm to devise new approaches to creating theatre work.

"Back to the Lab is an amazing opportunity to get in a studio with other choreographers to explore process and have the chance to take risks when putting what we explored into practice," said Emma Jayne Park. "Discovering how practice-based dialogue with other choreographers, who also question the boundaries of hip hop theatre, will reshape my perceptions and seeing Jonathan Burrows' theories in action will definitely be two career highlights in a mind-boggling fortnight."

Jonathan Burrows danced with the Royal Ballet for 13 years before leaving to pursue his own choreography, boasting high profile commissions including work for Sylvie Guillem, Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt and the National Theatre, London. 

Jonathan will work in collaboration with Jonzi D, who brings his expertise in hip hop theatre, both of whom will put the participants through challenges and exercises and activities to bring out new ideas, even from seasoned choreographers.

"Back to the Lab will see me exploring new ideas and old creations, testing their full potential and significant life cycle," said Sean Graham. "I want to bring to the table the resource of maturity, openness and unconventional experience."

Back to the Lab was launched in 2012 as a platform for hip hop choreographers at the height of their career looking for new direction and equip them with new skills to create work and address the gap in knowledge base they may not have, for example, understanding professional lighting set ups to further enhance their work.

"We are looking to learn from each of the artist and create amazing work from our experience and share and explore concepts and narrative with the audience through movement," said Kwame Asafo-Adjei, with Gavin Vincent adding: "I hope to create work alongside my fellow crew members that is challenging, different and unexpected for a b-boy crew whilst still keeping the true essence of the art form."

Jasmin Vardimon led the inaugural course in 2012, followed by Shobana Jeyasingh in 2013. You can watch a short documentary of our last Back to the Lab below.

Breakin' Convention Presents: Back to the Lab 2014 takes place 7.45pm on Saturday 8 March at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells. Tickets are £8 (online/telephone booking fee applies, free in person) and available to buy online now or call 0844 412 4300

Post date: 16 December 2013

Future Elements, Breakin' Convention's youth dance project and performance night returns for 2014 and applications are open now! If you want to create and star in your very own music video, or if you're part of a youth dance company looking to perform with some of the UK's best companies at Sadler's Wells in London, read on! 

Future Elements Night 2014 [applications are now closed] 

Who is it for? 
Youth dance companies. Future Elements night has showcased some of the UK's best up-and-coming youth dance companies that have taken the future of funk in their hands and channelled it through their dancing.

We're looking to showcase the best youth dance companies from in and around London March 2014!

Applications are now closed - want to take part in future? Sign up to our newsletter for future opportunities! 

The Future Elements music video project [applications now closed] 

Who is it for?
Future Elements is looking for aspiring dancers, film makers, MCs, aerosol artists, music producers, costume designers and set designers aged 13-16 years. Future Elements will give you the chance to work with some of the coolest, inspirational professional Hip Hop artists including Breakin’ Convention’s very own Jonzi D. 

The music video will be premiered as part of Future Elements Night on Saturday 29 March 2014. 

The Future Elements video project is FREE, to take part you must attend all of the following dates:

  • Sun 16 February - Fri 21 February
  • Sat 29 March - FUTURE ELEMENTS NIGHT

The course will run from 10-4pm each day at Sadler’s Wells Theatre Islington.

Applications are now closed 

Questions? Call the Breakin’ Convention office on 020 7863 8214

Post date: 16 December 2013

Earlier this month Breakin' Convention heard some fantastic news: Lazylegz of ILL-Abilities Crew was to appear as a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in the US!

Airing today across America the video has been released online for international viewers to watch and promote ILL-Abilities' message of "No excuses, no limits" to the world.

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ILL-Abilities is an International group comprised of b-boys that have overcome extraordinary challenges to become some of the best dancers in the world: Canada, Chile, Holland, and U.S.A. Originally created in 2007 with the idea of being a "Super Crew" of disabled dancers, it is now becoming a global movement helping to spread the message: "No Excuses, No Limits." ILL-Abilities' mission is to redefine society's view of disability, promote empowerment, and encourage limitless possibilities through motivational entertainment.

ILL-Abilities are touring with Breakin' Convention in 2014 with their latest show, Limitless! From 3 May until 7 June they join Wanted Posse (France) and Ukweli Roach (UK) on the road across 10 different venues. Watch the Limitless trailer below!

Breakin' Convention 2014 tour dates, in association with Dance Consortium

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: 12 December 2013

Applications for Back to the Lab, Breakin' Convention's artistic development course, are now open to all choreographers with experience of presenting hip hop dance within a theatrical context.

Update: Back to the Lab 2014 applications are now closed - see out the line up here!

Back to the Lab is Breakin' Convention's choreographic course designed to explore new ways of approaching choreography, direction and staging to give you the means to approach your work from fresh and new angles without losing the essence of what you do. 

Breakin' Convention is proud to offer four hip hop choreographers a unique opportunity to go Back To The Lab. Participants, along with up to four of their own dancers, will work with dance heavyweights, Jonzi D, Breakin' Convention's artistic director, and Jonathan Burrows over two exciting weeks of mentoring, experimenting and devising.

Check out how the last Back to the Lab went with participants Anthony Bayou (Limited Edition), Kendra Horsburgh (BirdGang), Robby Graham (Bad Taste Cru / Southpaw Dance Company) and Vicky Mantey (Boy Blue Entertainment) with mentor Shobana Jeyasingh.

Applications for Back to the Lab 2014 are now closed. Interested in participating in future Back to the Labs? Sign up to our newsletter here.

Venue
Sadler's Wells, London

Back To The Lab dates 
Mon 24 February – Sat 8 March 2014

Application schedule 
Application deadline Fri 13 December 2013
Invited artists informed Fri 20 December 2013

Cost 
The course is free. Participating choreographers will receive £300 towards living expenses and will also receive £300 per dancer for up to four dancers.

Accommodation and travel are available for choreographers and dancers attending the course from outside London. Please indicate on your application if this support is required. Local travel will not be covered for London based participants.

Post date: 12 December 2013

Breakin' Convention is excited to announce that hip hop theatre-maker's development course Open Art Surgery is about to embark on its first international venture - to Canada!

A partnership three years in the making between Harbourfront Centre and Breakin' Convention, Jonzi D will be flying out in March 2014, alongside Canadian choreographer Allen Kaeja, to lead a week-long residency with several of Toronto's leading hip hop artists to devise new work within the space of a week. 

"My experience of Toronto and its diverse, vibrant arts scene has always left me with a desire to return," said Jonzi D. "Open Art Surgery will allow me to connect with artists across a range of disciplines to create new and exciting theatre."

"Labbing" ideas and theatrical concepts with the artists throughout the week will  culminate in a public showing at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre on Saturday, March 29, where the audience is invited to comment, critique and discuss the work they've just seen directly to the artist in order to help shape future re-workings. This performance is part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps 2013-14 dance series, which runs all the way to June.

Applications for Open Art Surgery Toronto are now closed 

Open Art Surgery at Harbourfront Centre takes place on Saturday, March 29 2014 and is made possible with support from Break It Down Initiatives, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council of the Arts.

Come and see the finished work! Tickets will are $10 and available to buy online or by calling 416-973-4000 and pressing 1 (please note - this is a Canadian number!)

Address: Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

Post date: 12 December 2013

Breakin' Convention, the international festival of hip hop dance theatre, returns to Sadler's Wells Theatre 3-5 May 2014! Once again we're bringing you a sensational line up of international hip hop crews to perform alongside local companies - and applications to perform are now open! 

Already announced for London is ILL-Abilities (International), Ukweli Roach (UK) and Wanted Posse (France) who will perform alongside the London'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. 

Applications for the Breakin' Convention 2014 London and UK tour are now closed.

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

Note: This video has been embedded ahead of the live stream at 7pm local time in Korea (10am UK time) on Saturday 30 November 2013 – before this time the video player may not appear, work when clicked or play videos on a loop – try refreshing the page closer to the broadcast or bookmark us! Check our embedded Twitter below for updates!

You can reply to our tweets and view live updates using the box below!

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

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