Post date: 20 June 2012

Tony Adigun is both a jack of all trades and a master of many: An associate artist at The Place, running his own company that is touring the UK with pieces such as Taxi, The Bunker Thing and Silver Tree, a youth company, a junior company, Avante Garde Elves as well as performing his own solo performance at Breakin' Convention as part of WIP Villette in France, it's a busy time.

Tony Adigun interview

Avant Garde Dance has been around for 11 years under the creative direction of Tony Adigun and AG having performed at Breakin' Convention numerous times (check out Classical Break, referenced in the video, here). Always pushing the boundaries of hip hop dance theatre, Tony has always strived to "Innovate, Never Replicate" and go "AGainst The Grain," which is paying off as Dark Matter, Avant Garde's latest performance at Breakin' Convention, was one of the most unique and acclaimed pieces of the night.

This is just one of many interviews we shot during our live stream on The Space - make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more!

Post date: 19 June 2012

Earlier this year a crew of female dancers embarked on a journey together on a popular dance TV programme and became the only all-girl crew to make it to the live final. At this year's festival that same crew, Boadicea, performed together for the first time at a major show since finishing on the Diversity Digitized tour!

Boadicea Crew interview

Boadicea Crew is a collective of female dancers brought together by Rhimes LeCointe, and as a result of their individual professional background, many of them have performed at Breakin' Convention before with other crews.

Boadicea Crew was core to opening up Breakin' Convention's live stream online over the festival weekend, and this is their opening interview with Hakeem Onibudo, DJ Sarah and momentarily Jonzi D for your enjoyment! Make sure you check out Boadicea in The Reign on our videos page and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more!

Post date: 19 June 2012

Check out choreographer Ivan Blackstock as he talks to Hakeem Onibudo and DJ Sarah Love about hip hop theatre and his festival commission, Reverie.

Ivan Blackstock interview

Ivan was commissioned for this year's festival as part of Back to the Lab, an artistic development project organised by Breakin' Convention with Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon.

Ivan Blackstock's piece, Reverie (watch here!), made its premiere at Breakin' Convention 2012, although it isn't the first time he's dabbled in hip hop dance theatre, previously performing at Breakin' Convention with BirdGang numerous times (remember BirdNet, last year?) and working with Jonzi D on TAG: Just Writing My Name.

Ivan was heavily involved with this year's festival, overseeing the choreography for Future Elements and film night, performing his solo piece, dancing in the Freestyle Funk Forum and making a cameo in Avant Garde Dance's Dark Matter. Ever the busy artist, we hope to see Reverie go on to do bigger things!

This is just one of many interviews we shot during our live stream on The Space - make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more!

Post date: 18 June 2012

Watch and listen as Kenrick talks about his early career, his development through Breakin' Convention and about his involvement with... the opening ceremony London 2012 Olympics!

No doubt Breakin' Convention regulars will recognise Kenrick for his work over the years as a returning solo artist and with Boy Blue (describing Breakin' Convention as "chicken soup for the soul"), but never has anyone gone as deep into his history in a video interview than hosts Hakeem Onibudo and DJ Sarah Love!

Kenrick Sandy interview

If you want to know more about Kenrick H2O Sandy, visit his profile! Also see: Boy Blue Entertainment.

This is just one of many interviews we shot during our live stream on The Space - make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more!

Post date: 13 June 2012

Mounir Biba, part of world b-boy champions Vagabond Crew breaks it down to Hakeem Onibudo and DJ Sarah Love about who the Vagabond Crew are, where they got their name from, what it takes to be part of a champion crew in one of many interviews taken during Breakin' Convention's live stream on The Space.

Vagabond Crew interview with BBoy Mounir

You can also read our reports from the Battle of the Year 2011 and UK BBoy Championships 2011 where Vagabond emerged as champions.

This is just one of many interviews Breakin' Convention did as part of its live stream on The Space - for all new videos make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel, below!

Post date: 13 June 2012

ILL-Abilities joined Jonzi D on the Breakin' Convention couch over the weekend of the festival as part of our live stream on The Space. Have you ever wondered what the meaning of 'ILL-Abilities' was, or the story behind their awe-inspiring performance No Limits was and the concept of a super crew? You can find out below!

ILL Abilities interview with Jonzi D

Don't forget you can also check out ILL-Abilities' video here documenting their stay in the UK as part of the Breakin' Convention 2012 UK tour, plus check out these tweets from you, the public, below!

What people said about ILL-Abilities

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Post date: 11 June 2012

Finally! Videos of Breakin' Convention 2012 London have been added to YouTube and you can see them all here!

We will gradually be uploading videos to the Breakin' Convention YouTube channel and our videos page over the coming weeks, including videos from the Breakin' Convention 2012 tour. If you want them first we recommend you subscribe below:

Watch Breakin' Convention 2012 videos

Can't wait to watch Breakin' Convention videos? We've embedded all our videos into a playlist below. Just press play and sit back!

Watch Breakin' Convention on The Space

Breakin' Convention 2012 was streamed live online this year as part of The Space, where you can watch a selection of content from the arts on demand.

Visit the Breakin' Convention page on TheSpace.org to watch full videos of select Breakin' Convention performances!

Post date: 11 June 2012

Breakin' Convention reviews have hit the news racks over the past few weeks and has the critics raving across the country!

This year's London programme and UK tour featured an exceptionally strong line up, unique artists and incredible sets to make sure that we stick to our commitment of breakin' the convention of hip hop dance theatre.

Needless to say with Vagabond Crew and Clash 66 as our headline touring acts both critics and audiences were astounded by their slick moves and powerful partner work. So refreshing was their work to hip hop dance that we had to invite them back and tour them across the country for your pleasure.

The last month has been eye opening, for us and the thousands that came and saw the festival. Check it or jump to your reviews (a series of vox pops and tweets)

Breakin' News

Breakin' Convention's most valued player had to be Storyboard P: His gliding across the stage while lost in the moment left the critics wondering what they were going to say when they filed their reviews. The Guardian awarded 4/5 stars noting how Storyboard P was "Totally unclassifiable; totally watchable." (Sanjoy Roy)

See for yourself below.

At only nine years old Breakin' Convention is starting to show its maturity, and we continue to push the next generation of choreographers who too are pushing their creative envelopes. Roy continued in his review describing Botis Seva's The World In Which We Exist, whom Breakin' Convention commissioned as part of Back to the Lab with Jasmin Vardimon, "caught the spikes and tremors of a drumbeat to evoke a heart condition."

Going back even younger The Independent awarded 4 stars out of 5, noting how Buckness Personified brought "a juicy toughness to the pumping, convulsive moves" (Zoe Anderson), with Sanjoy Roy adding: "Unity UK melded explosive energy with spot-on synchronicity, while ZooNation Youth Company presented its talent in refreshingly lyrical choreography."

Big up to all the youth groups this year!

The Clement Crisp of the Financial Times gave 4/5 stars, admiring B-Boy Ata, Avant Garde Dance's 'dark energies' in Dark Matter and especially ILL-Abilities' unforgettable and inspiring performance.

BC first-timer Kaz Luckins from Birmingham was immersed in the world of hip hop the moment she entered the auditorium in her report. Maybe just a little immature (see for yourself, below) she still managed to appreciate hip hop's youth-inducing effect and had fun in the foyers which is exactly what Breakin' Convention is about: hip hop for all ages and all people with What's On Stage (4/5) notes: "encouragement to keep phones switched on and tweet throughout the show, Breaking Convention 12 really speaks to the kids!"

David Pollock in The Scotsman (4 out of 5) reiterates that point for Edinburgh, saying: "some of the most sophisticated contemporary dance set-pieces were met with either the stunned coos of mesmerised children or the wolf-whistles of teenage girls."

You review Breakin' Convention

Most importantly we can't forget the most important people's opinions: YOURS. Check out these vox pops taken outside London by WinkBall, we think they sum up our audience really well!

Plus check out these tweets from during the evening of our Breakin' Convention live stream! (You will need Javascript enabled on your browser and it may not work on mobiles - if you can't see the tweets then try here.

 

 

 

 

 

Post date: 06 June 2012

Breakin' Convention was honoured to have five of the ILLEST b-boys in the world to perform in London followed by BC Plymouth and BC Birmingham.

B-Boys Redo, Checho, Tommy Guns, Kujo, Lazylegz and DJ Dekoy performed No Limits illustrating each dancer’s personal story of overcoming adversity through the struggles of communicational difficulties, stereotypes, life-changing decisions, civil crisis and shattered dreams.

Check out the video Tommy Guns filmed of their time in London and follow the crew around the country as they performed, met individuals on their journey and had the opportunity to sip tea.

Check out ILL-Abilities' artist profile.

What people said about ILL-Abilities

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Post date: 03 May 2012

Watch Breakin' Convention online: Whatever your reason, whether you can't make it down town, you live too far away or you live outside the UK, if you can't make it to Breakin' Convention this year then you don't need to miss out!

Watch Breakin' Convention online

This live stream has ended - why not watch Breakin' Convention videos here to see highlights?

Breakin' Convention live stream will start at 4pm on Monday 7 May

This year you will be able to watch Breakin' Convention online as part of The Space with the Space Player (this will be live below this weekend) allowing you to watch the festival for free! Breakin' Convention is also the first dance event to be broadcast on The Space, so let's make this big! The live stream of Breakin' Convention 2012 takes place on Monday 7 May 2012 at 4pm GMT

The live coverage of Breakin' Convention will include the main festival streamed live, interviews with the artists hosted by DJ Sarah Love, Diva J, Hakeem "Mr Impact" Onibudo and Ella Darlington, and behind the scenes footage, plus so much more - imagine a Glastonbury of Hip Hop but minus the mud and double the funk!

Breakin' Convention 2012 Live day line up

4pm - Doors Open
Freestyling in the foyers, DJ demos from Tha En4cers, live graff jam and much more!

4.30pm
Freestyle Funk Forum (Lilian Baylis Studio); live improv jam with beatboxers, dancers, musicians, DJs.

6pm - 7.45pm (Main Stage)
House that Union Jack Built (UK)
B-Boy Ata (Finland)
Clash 66 (France/Korea)
Avant Garde Dance (UK)
Gemini (France)
Storyboard P (USA)
ILL-Abilities (International)

7.55pm - 8.25pm (Lilian Baylis Studio)
Theo Godson Oloyade(UK)
Kloe Dean (UK)
Simeon Qsyea (UK)

8.30pm - 9.30pm Main Stage
Boadicea (UK)
Vagabond Crew (France)

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