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

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!

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