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! 

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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.

Post date: 06 September 2013

Following last year's line up of experimental commissions from leading dance artists, Sadler's Wells has another series of Wild Card, handing three choreographers the keys to the studio.

Wild Card is a new Sadler's Wells initiative that gives artists the opportunity to curate a programme of work of their choice, whether it's their own material, or collaborations with other artists.

The hand we've been dealt this year includes Vicki Igbokwe, Anand Bhatt and Laura Dajao, three great dancers who continue to push the envelope in their respective disciplines. Why have Sadler's Wells telling its audience what to watch when active dancers themselves can programme work from artists they admire?

Along with the shows in the Lilian Baylis Studio there will also be a series of pre-show performances and installation pieces in the adjacent Khan Lecture Theatre.

Wild Card 2013 dates

Click images for more details! 

Vicki Igbokwe 

Anand Bhatt

Laura Dajao - Take a Closer Look 

Tickets to the Wild Card shows are £17. Transaction fees apply to online (£1.75) and phone bookings (£2.50). No fee in person at Ticket Office. Group Discounts Groups 8+ 20% off stalls seats for most performances. Not available online or in conjunction with any other offer. To book, call the Ticket Office on 0844 412 4300.

Post date: 03 September 2013

The UK B-Boy Championships is back, but for the first time bringing the breaks to Brum!

The 18th Annual Sony Xperia B-boy Championships World Finals 2013 in partnership with Dancexchange, will be held at the O2 Academy Birmingham after 17 years in London.

Once again the proceedings will be hosted by Crazy Legs and Afrika Islam over Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September to find the worlds best b-boys and b-girls, hip hop freestylers and poppers.

The B-Boy Championships has also partnered up with Dirty 30s on the Saturday to highlight our old school generation b-boys - those in their late 30s and 40s - to the newer generation of dancers.

UK BBoy Championships 2013 line up

Crews 
Morning Of Owl (Korea)
Massive Monkees (USA)
The Originals (Ukraine) 
5 Crew Dynasty (USA)
The Ruggeds (Netherlands) 
9 Stylez Connection (Russia / Berlarus / Netherlands)
The Floorriorz (Japan)
UK crew (coming soon)

Solo b-boy 
Kareem (USA)
Nasty Ray (USA) 
Taisuke (Japan)
Menno (Netherlands)
Sunni (UK)
Wen (Switzerland)
Hamza (UAE)
Ryuichi (Japan)

Popping
Franqey (France)
Hoan (Korea)
Brooke (UK)
Bruce (France)
Sun (USA) 
Yordana (Netherlands)
Dynamite Cat (Japan)
Yag Funky (Kazakhstan)

Hip hop freestyle 
Mufasa (France)
Valmira (Switzerland)
G-Haksoo (Korea)
Paradox (Netherlands)
Anthony (Netherlands)
Tracey (Japan)
Sandra (Finland)
Eastern Europe (coming soon)

UK BBoy Championships 2013 dates, times and other details

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 

O2 Academy Birmingham
16 - 18 Horsefair
Bristol Street
Birmingham B1 1DB

Day 1 (Knockout Jam) Doors 3pm Til 11pm
National Crew Championships (UK)
Solo B-Boy Qualifiers, Top 16 Battle and Quarter Finals
Solo Popping Qualifiers, Top 16 Battle and Quarter Finals
Solo Hip-Hop Freestyle Qualifiers, Top 16 Battle and Quarter Finals
Seven 2 Smoke Battle
Footwork Battle
Dirty 30s World Finals

Day 2 (World Finals) Doors 5pm Til 11pm
World B-Boy Crew Championships
World Solo B-Boy Championship
World Solo Popping Championship
World Solo Hip Hop Freestyle Championship
Crazy Legs Fresh Awards
DJ Leacy Chief Rocka Award

Hosted By The Legendary:
Crazy Legs (Rock Steady Crew)
Afrika Islam (Universal Zulu Nation)

Advance Tickets:
Weekend Ticket £25.00
Saturday Ticket £15.00
Sunday Ticket £17.50

Box Office:
0844 477 2000 / www.o2academybirmingham.co.uk / TicketWeb 

For Updates and Info:
www.bboychampionships.com 

Post date: 20 August 2013

To celebrate the opening of CAST, Doncaster’s new performance venue, Breakin’ Convention will be presenting an afternoon of battles, showcases and performances.

Hosted by Jonzi D local Donny dancers will get down for your entertainment and give you a taste of what the Breakin’ Convention atmosphere is like ahead of our leg of the UK tour in May 2013 (additional UK tour dates are still to be announced)!

Specially-invited competitors will be battling it out for your entertainment with popping and breaking battles, so sit back, relax, and enjoy what we have on offer in the run up to our return in May 2014, or why not join in some of the cyphers!

Did we mention that the day is completely FREE? Come down on Saturday 7 September and sample some of Breakin' Convention for yourself! 

Venue: Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU
Time: From 12:30

UPDATE: This event has now taken place - check out the video!

Make sure to pick up a Breakin’ Convention flyer!

Breakin' Convention at Cast Doncaster schedule 

12:30 – 1:15pm (timings are subject to change)

Hosted by Jonzi D
Music by DJ Lamour

Open Freestyle Circle
Popping Battle Semi-Finals (solo)
Rationale Performance (excerpt from In My Shoes)
Breaking Battle Semi-Finals (2on2)

3:30 – 4pm (timings are subject to change)

Hosted by Jonzi
Open Freestyle Circle
Popping Battle Final
Jonzi D Performance
Breaking Final

Popping (Solos)
Ginger Bread Man
Kasparan (D-Star Poppers)
Pierre (Urban Jokers/D-Star Poppers)
React

Breaking (2 on 2)
Ghetlow Pirates
H.E.R.S Crew
Steel City Rockers
Streetbeats Dance Academy

Judges
Diggady, Dhalsim and Hero

Post date: 01 August 2013

Award-winning jazz and hip hop artist Soweto Kinch returns to the stage this September for a staged performance of his new album that tells the story of a young aspiring artist by the name of Mike Smith.

Inspired by his own experiences in music with influences from The Seven Deadly Sins and Dante’s Inferno, The Legend of Mike Smith comes to Birmingham Rep and includes choreography from long time hip hop theatre innovator and collaborator Jonzi D.

“Mike Smith is an MC about to get signed, who’s at the cusp of a big decision in his career, and he’s plagued by each of the seven deadly sins in turn,” explains Soweto.

Set in an altered reality charting his downward spiral into curiosity and temptation The Legend of Mike Smith is brought to life by creative visuals to illustrate his changing perceptions that affect his potential lifestyle choices and scored alongside Soweto’s improvisational jazz and lyrics.

“It’s really exciting because all of my previous albums have had a 'theatrical element,' be it storytelling within it, a narrative within it, but this is the time from the very inception I thought about the full staging of it as a story.”

Jazz and Jonzi D

Back with Jonzi D, with whom he has collaborated with for Aeroplane Man and Markus the Sadist and many other projects will see choreographic direction set to Kinch's soundtrack.

“It takes a lot of our working practice that I’ve had with Jonzi since being brought in as a dep on Aeroplane Man and Marcus the Sadist and my own work and allowing all those experiences to culminate, for me, in what is my most ambitious work, a chance to integrate a lot of ideas that I’ve seen happen and put into an over-arching album and of course a performance."

Kinch can’t hide his excitement: “It's gonna be immense, given I have my band, the combined dancing abilities of Ricardo Da Silva, Tyrone Isaac Steward and the choreographical directorial wizardry that is Jonzi, it’s going to be off the chisel!”

Soweto Kinch: The Legend of Mike Smith at Birmingham Rep from 12-28 September.

For more information and tickets see The Legend of Mike Smith in our events calendar

Post date: 30 July 2013

Edinburgh Festival season is upon us once again and this August the line up includes some great hip hop theatre work (amongst the comedy, music, exhibitions and stuff that isn't set to a beat!).

Breakin' Convention has flicked through the pages of the Ed Fringe brochure and found some of the best hip hop-ish shows worth checking out. Within its dense pages there are several Breakin' Convention-related shows including two created as part of our artistic development course and one from a Breakin' Convention rep!

NOTE: Some shows take place on the same day at various times - check the Ed Fringe website before booking for exact curtain times! Click each thumbnail for more show info!

Abandoman: Moonrock Boombox 
Udderbelly, Bristo Square
31 July - 26 August
Abandoman's Moonrock Boombox is a show where no two nights are the same: Every single rap Rob Broderick (Ireland's greatest rapper) and his band performs is completely freestyled, playing off the audience through games, call and response, and those unfortunate enough to be in the front row.

Room 2 Manoeuvre: Squish at Dance Base 
Dance Base
2-17 August
This new solo work from Room 2 Manoeuvre will tread the line between tragedy and comedy set in the confines of a squash court and told in Tony Thrills' trademark theatrical style. Following the theme of success, the path to take, but also the things he might lose on the way.

Status Anxiety and Piece of Mind 
2-17 August 
Dance Base
Ashley Jack of Jackin' The Box and Emma Jayne Park present works developed at Breakin' Convention's Back to the Lab artistic development course and Open Art Surgery consecutively, exploring the subjects of social networking in the modern age and sociopathy.

The Lock In (formerly The Demon Barbers Road Show) 
Zoo Southside
3-16 August 
Morris dancing and hip hop don't traditionally go hand in hand, but The Lock In's show is pleased to turn tradition on its head: Going since 2009 they've done several UK tours with their acclaimed barn stomping show featuring beatboxing, b-boys and clogs.  

Rannel Presents: Flhip Flhop  
Assembly Checkpoint 
19-26 August
Rannel's classic duet of one upsmanship is back and we couldn't be happier! Matt Bailey and Joey D apparently announced a last ever tour of Flhip Flhop (and it was followed up with the equally brilliant 2Deep) but thankfully they've brought it back for Edinburgh with its side-splitting laugh-a-minute comedy.

Brand New Ancients - Kate Tempest 
The Traverse
20-25 August

Poet and rapper Kate Tempest tells an everyday epic over an exhilarating live score played by tuba, cello, violin, drums and electronics, that finds the gods of today all around us and reveals that our true heroes are much closer that we think.

The Get Down B-Boy Battle 

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Cambuyon from Spain features seven performers deliver a vision on how rhythm has been evolving through the different cultures that surround us. Also from Spain, She Dances With Fate is a "flamenco hip hopera."

Post date: 26 July 2013

Following their outstanding performance at Breakin' Convention at the Apollo Harlem, New York dance critics have nominated Compagnie Sebastien Ramirez for a Bessie Award.

Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang are up against 11 other nominees for the Outstanding Performer category in what the New York Times heralds as "the dance world's version of the Academy Awards" later this year.

Sebastien and Honji first performed at Breakin' Convention in 2011 as Clash 66 with Amor & Psyche and went on to tour with us around the UK in 2012 with the reworked piece, AP15.

When choosing companies to bring to the Apollo there was no doubt about taking them with us to NYC to showcase the best in international hip hop dance theatre. With their on stage love-hate chemistry and pushing the dynamics of hip hop dance the Apollo was awestruck by what they saw.

Notable other mentions include Ephrat Asherie for the piece A Single Ride, also performed at Breakin' Convention at the Apollo, nominated in the Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and Outstanding Musical Composition/Sound Composition categories. 

Joanna Haigood from Dancing in the Streets, the company that kicked off the cypher activities under the Apollo's marquee and in the foyers, for Paseo. 

The 29th annual Bessie Awards will take place on Monday 7 October at the Apollo Theater, Harlem, NYC. Hopefully it will be a chance for Sebastien and Honji to return to the world famous stage once more!

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