Post date: 05 January 2017

Breakin' Convention's Back To The Lab returns!

Four of the UK's most exciting hip hop choreographers have been hand-picked to take part in Breakin' Convention's Back To The Lab. 

The participants will receive two weeks of intensive training and mentorship from choreographic heavyweights Jonathan Burrows, Jonzi D, Ivan Blackstock and Anthony Ekundayo-Lennon

Showcasing the best in the UK's hip hop dance theatre scene, each artist will also present a brand new short performance on Saturday 21 January 2017.

Breakin' Convention continues to lead the way in developing and nurturing the genre.

Hosted by Jonzi D, the audience will be invited to give their feedback after the performances. Conversations continue in the bar post-show.

The Back to the Lab 2017 line up 


Buy tickets for Back to the Lab 2017

Tickets: £8* - BOOK ONLINE - or call 0207 863 8000 (Monday to Saturday, 10am - 8pm)

Venue: Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Performance Times
Saturday 21 January at 7.45pm

Running time
2 hrs 15 mins

Suggested age guidance: 14+

Please Note: Under 5s are not admitted to this event 

Post date: 04 January 2017

Open Art Surgery returns for 2017, kicking off the year with some brand new hip hop theatre developed with some of Leicester's local artists! 

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! 

Hosted by Jonzi D with DJ Psykhomantus (Visionbombing)
Featuring: Code Crew | DTP | Bosman the Orator | Mr Shay | Hibword + SuperCed | Berkavitch Presents

Artists present brand new short works devised and developed in just one week with mentorship from Berkavitch, Anthony Ekundayo-Lennon and additional support from Ivan Blackstock.

After the performances you will be invited to give constructive feedback after seeing all the performances.

Open Art Surgery may contain language or content unsuitable for younger children.

Book tickets to Open Art Surgery at Leicester Curve! 

Tickets on sale now - just £5* - BOOK ONLINE 

*Plus a transaction fee of £3 for all card payments. Excludes Members, Groups 10+ and customers printing tickets at home. Discounts are subject to availability and are only available on certain performances.

Venue: Curve Leicester, Rutland Street Leicester, LE1 1SB

Time: 4pm

Post date: 13 December 2016

Post date: 23 November 2016

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. For the first time we are offering one place to a choreographer from outside of the UK.

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. 

The first week will involve Jonzi D and Jonathan Burrows introducing choreographers to the foundations of creating fresh, new, convention breaking work, while during week two participants will be joined by Ivan Blackstock and Anthony Ekundayo-Lennon who will shape work into a work in progress performance to be shown in front of an audience at the end of the week.

Check out how the last Back to the Lab went with participants Carrie-Ann Ingrouille, Lanre Malaolu, Daniel Phung and Kofi Mingo, with mentors Jonathan Burrows and Alesandra Seutin.

Apply for Back to the Lab 2017 

Click here to download the Back to the Lab 2017 Submissions Flyer 

Venue
Sadler's Wells, London

Back To The Lab dates
Mon 9 – Sat 21 January 2017

Application schedule
Application deadline: Fri 9 December 2016
Invited artists informed: Fri 16 December 2016

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 artists. A travel bursary of up to £150 per person is available to choreographers from outside the UK.

Post date: 05 November 2016

DO YOU LOVE WATCHING THE LATEST MUSIC VIDEOS? BREAKIN' CONVENTION IS OFFERING YOU THE CHANCE TO STAR IN AND CREATE YOUR VERY OWN MUSIC VIDEO.

Future Elements is looking for aspiring dancers, film makers, MCs, graffiti artists, music producers, costume designers, set designers and hosts aged 13-16 years old to be part of a week long FREE workshop project!

Future Elements will give you the chance to work with some of London's most exciting Hip Hop artists including Breakin' Convention's very own Jonzi D.

The music video will be premiered as part of Future Elements Night at Sadler's Wells Theatre on Saturday 18 March 2017. The night is a showcase of young talent including dancers and musicians with an after party for all.

Future Elements is FREE. To take part you must attend all of the following dates:
Sun 12 February – Fri 17 February 2017 and Sat 18 March 2017.

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

For more information email education@breakinconvention.com or call the Breakin' Convention office on 020 7863 8214

The closing date for applications is 13 January 2017 with limited spaces so sign up early.

Apply for the Future Elements 2017 Music Video Project! 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED 

Watch a Future Elements music video 

Watch our previous Future Elements music videos below and check out how your final edit might look!

Post date: 26 October 2016

Are you finding things are going wrong when you write? Does your work have a message of good karma, but you need to devise more drama? Breakin' Convention and Talawa is teaming up for a special Higher Learning workshop dedicated to dramaturgy for hip hop theatre artists.

Whats your Story?

An introduction to dramaturgy for hip hop theatre makers.

This one day workshop is a collaboration with Jonzi D (Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director) and Jane Fallowfield (Talawa’s Literary Associate)

What you will learn on the day:

How do you identify what you want to explore? 
How do you talk about it? 
How do you develop an idea and dig deeper into it?  
How does story work? 
How can you make sure you have the right beginning, middle and end for your piece? 
How can you use text in your work?  

We will spend half a day unpacking these ideas and half a day testing them out with Talawa playwrights. This is a chance to put your learning into practise and build relationships with some of the UK’s most exciting new playwrights.  

To attend the Higher Learning workshop, please register online (opens in a new window)

Travel bursaries are available to artists travelling from outside London (up to £50) - to arrange please email info@breakinconvention.com

Venue: The Factory Fitness and Dance Centre, 407 Hornsey Road, London N19 4DX
Date & Time: 9am - 6pm, Thursday 3 November 2016

About the course leaders 

Jane Fallowfield 
Jane is a director of new plays and Literary Associate at Talawa Theatre Company where she commissions and develops writers.  She has previously co-run workshops with Jonzi D bringing together writers and choreographers. 

Jonzi D
A dancer, spoken word artist and director, he is the foremost advocate for hip-hop theatre who has changed the profile and influenced the development of the UK British hip-hop dance and theatre scene over the last two decades.

Since 2004 Jonzi D has been Artistic Director for Breakin' Convention and has triumphed in raising the profile and giving a platform to hip-hop disciplines, which has gained worldwide recognition as being at the vanguard of the development of the art form. Through professional development projects Open Art Surgery and Back To The Lab, Jonzi has supported hundreds of hip hop dance and rap/poetry artists on their journey to creating theatre.

Post date: 17 October 2016

Open Art Surgery Toronto 2017
A Hip Hop theatre workshop
Call for Applications

What is it about?

Breakin' Convention and Harbourfront Centre know Toronto has a wealth of Hip Hop talent. We also recognize there is a lack of quality professional development opportunities available. We are proud to offer Hip Hop artists/crews a unique opportunity to develop theatrical skills. Participants will work with dance theatre heavyweights, Jonzi D and Crazy Smooth for one week of mentoring, experimenting and devising new work that culminates in a public performance.

Who is it for?

You don't need to have any previous theatrical experience but you should have a solid understanding of your own Hip Hop discipline (dance, rap, dj, beatbox etc). The course is designed to explore ways of approaching choreography, story-telling, direction and staging. We aim to give you the means to create theatre from fresh, new angles without losing the essence of what you do.

Breakin' Convention is committed to the elevation of Hip Hop theatre and believe this is a valuable opportunity for even the most accomplished Hip Hop artists.

Venue
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

Open Art Surgery dates
Monday, March 13 – Saturday, March 18, 2017

Application schedule
Application deadline: November 1, 2016
Invited artists informed: November 15, 2016

See application details below.

Cost
The course is FREE to successful applicants. However all participants must be available for the full week as outlined above.

Course details

Following a hugely successful first outing in 2014, Breakin' Convention partners up with Harbourfront Centre to deliver another edition of Open Art Surgery. Participants from the first Toronto Open Art Surgery went on to develop work further, receive funding and were programmed for various performances.

Led by Jonzi D with Crazy Smooth, you will work alongside the other participants taking part in workshops exploring a variety of choreographic methods through practical and discussion-based lessons. The focus of the week will be looking at alternative approaches to animating a story, concept or idea through Hip Hop techniques.

You will also devise and develop a new idea, applying the new skills you acquire along the way. The week will culminate, on the Saturday night, in the Open Art Surgery performance at Harbourfront Centre. You will share the work (in progress) that you have developed and it will then be opened up to the audience for questions and critique.

Applications

Please email the following details to address below:

1. Your contact details including name, email, telephone and address.
2. A statement about yourself and/or crew and your reasons for wishing to attend Open Art Surgery (400 words max).
3. A link to footage of your past theatre work, performances or battles.

Participants and their crew must be able to commit to all of the course. Please do not apply if you are unable to make any of the dates.

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2016.

You will be informed of our final decision by November 15, 2016.

Submit your application, or direct any questions you may have to: Lynanne Sparrow, Artistic Associate, Harbourfront Centre on 416-973-4231 or lsparrow@harbourfrontcentre.com.

Course Tutors

Jonzi D

Jonzi D is the Artistic Director of Breakin' Convention and Associate Artist at Sadler's Wells. He has been actively involved in British Hip Hop culture since the early eighties and is widely regarded as a pioneer of Hip Hop theatre. Since graduating from the London Contemporary Dance School, he founded Jonzi D Productions and created Lyrikal Fearta, Aeroplane Man, TAG... Just Writing My Name and Markus The Sadist. In 2004 he founded the Hip Hop dance theatre festival, Breakin' Convention at Sadler's Wells. Most recently he created The Letter which explores his response to being offered an MBE.

Crazy Smooth

Dancing since 1997, Crazy Smooth is one of Canada's top street dancers, performers, choreographers, instructors, judges, and community leaders. He is the founder and artistic director of Bboyizm, an award-winning street-dance company that has been instrumental in the preservation and proliferation of street dance in Canada and internationally.

Post date: 14 October 2016

Breakin' Convention wants YOU! We are hyped to grow our hip hop education crew.

Calling all hip hop practitioners and educators in all elements of the hip hop culture to get involved.

Running workshops in different projects across London and the UK, we have a lot of young people to inspire and teach, working toward our new Hip Hop Academy opening at the new Sadler's Wells in the Olympic Park in the future, so are welcoming new artist mentors!

On Monday 31st October, we open up the theatre for our education open day "Higher Learning" lead by artistic director of Breakin Convention, Jonzi D. You will learn about Breakin' Convention, what we do, who we work with and get into a fun physical day of workshop activities and for you to demonstrate your skills and personality. You will also hear from our guest speakers, past Breakin' Convention artist mentors and get yourself on to our roster.

You will need to be available on Monday 31st October from 10am-5pm, have experience in teaching hip hop discipline and a full valid DBS (less than 3 years old).

Apply for the Breakin' Convention Education Day

The deadline for this opportunity has now passed.

Post date: 28 September 2016

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

Breakin’ Convention is looking for the next generation of film-makers from around the UK to take part in our third BCTV mentorship programme alongside our 2017 national tour in the following cities: London, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Norwich, Southampton, Salford, Leicester, Blackpool, Brighton and Birmingham.

As part of the opportunity selected emerging film-makers will receive training and mentorship as well as produce engaging video content for BCTV.

We want to hear from innovative, emerging film-makers from each of our tour destinations 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. We want film-makers who can contribute to the vision of BCTV.

Check out some work created from our previous BCTV film makers...


Pressing play will start the playlist of videos - click here if you have trouble viewing more

Apply for BCTV Film Mentorship Programme 2017

This opportunity is now closed. To be notified of further upcoming professional opportunities with Breakin' Convention, consider signing up to our email list or following our social media here.

If you are selected as one of our film-makers you will be invited to our two-day BCTV Film-Makers training session 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.

Speakers include: 
Nick Bedu (Full Focused Productions) - BCTV course leader and mentor
Sebastian Thiel (ItsUpshot) - Traptown (London Live), Illegal Activity 
Ben Williams (BCTV Alumni) - Eddie & Terra (Triforce Film Festival Winner) 
Vivienne Perry (Producer & Journalist) - Inside The Ku Klux Klan (Channel 4), Mandela, My Dad, and Me, 24 Hours In A&E (Channel 4)

Film-makers will work closely with Breakin' Convention, our mentor and their local 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 producing.

Some participants from the first BCTV Mentorship Programme have gone on to form our core BCTV Team receiving regular commissions including work across the UK, Germany for Battle of the Year and our forthcoming USA Tour.

Any questions? Email info@breakinconvention.com

Post date: 29 July 2016

See here for current vacancies at Sadler's Wells. To apply for these roles, visit the Sadler's Wells vacancies page here.

Producing and Touring Intern - Fixed term, part time position

We have a fantastic opportunity for you to take your first step to a career in the arts. 

This could be your chance to gain valuable experience in an established arts organisations.

We are looking for a Producing and Touring Intern to assist with the administrative and coordination support for the creation and tours of Sadler's Wells productions, both within the UK and abroad.

Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house, presenting a year-round programme of dance of every kind to annual audiences of over half a million on its three London stages: Sadler's Wells' theatre (1,500 seats), the Lilian Baylis Studio (180 seats) and The Peacock (1,000 seats). It also commissions and produces cutting-edge original work and tours it to arts venues in the UK and overseas. 

Sadler's Wells' producing and touring programme ensures we can play a dynamic role in the development of dance and bring innovative and inspiring productions to audiences across the world.

You will have good administrative and organisational skills and be able to manage and prioritise varied workloads. You will also be a strong communicator, and a good team player, with an eye for detail. 

We will give you access to support and training, with the opportunity to gain an insight in to the creative industries.

Working hours are 30 hours over four days per week.

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and actively encourage applicants from different backgrounds.

For more information and to download a job pack, please go to the following link – http://bit.ly/2kRxT5x

For a list of all our current vacancies, please go to the Sadler's Wells website sadlerswells.com/vacancies. Please note that if you have not already done so, you will be required to register an account with us when you first apply for one of our opportunities 

Closing date for completed applications is 11.59 pm on Sunday 5 March 2017.

Interviews will be taking place on Friday 10 March 2017.
                                                 
Sadler's Wells guarantees interviews to suitably qualified disabled candidates.


Development Manager, Individual Giving - Full time position

Can you build great relationships between Sadler's Wells and our supporters?

Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house – a place where artists come together to create dance and where people of all ages and from all walks of life come to experience dance. At the heart of Sadler's Wells is a spirit of creative innovation and artistic collaboration. This is where dance and choreography meet art, design, music and theatre.

With a year round programme of dance that appeals to a diverse audience base, there are infinite possibilities for matching our dance productions with major donors, patrons and individuals who appreciate our brand values. We are looking for a creative individual who can get potential supporters excited about supporting us.

Sadler's Wells has three venues and we're in the process of building a fourth, so this is a unique chance to be part of the organisation's growth and to develop revenue, and a donor portfolio that supports our strategic goals.

You will be skilled in creating and developing strong relationships with supporters and stakeholders at all levels, confident to secure and retain new business from individuals. You will also be highly driven and organised, able to work collaboratively as part of a team to achieve targets and deadlines. As an excellent communicator, you will be confident in supporting and coaching junior team members whilst maintaining a professional manner at all times. A willingness to work outside of normal working hours is essential.

If you are interested in dance and the performing arts, have the skills we're looking for and enjoy a challenge, we'd love to hear from you.

For more information, please go to the following link - http://bit.ly/2jL8mtq

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and actively encourage applicants from different backgrounds.

For a list of all our current opportunities, please go to the Sadler's Wells website sadlerswells.com/vacancies. Please note that if you have not already done so, you will be required to register an account with us when you first apply for one of our opportunities. 

Closing date for completed applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 19 February 2017.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 24 February 2017. 
                                                 
Sadler's Wells guarantees interviews to suitably qualified disabled candidates.

Content and Community Manager, Londondance.com - Part time position (30 hours per week)

Dance is the most exciting art form around today. We're seeking someone who can get Londoners excited about dance through a progressive approach to content creation and curation, and online community management.

Londondance.com has been successfully promoting dance and dancing in London for the last 15 years. As the world's digital landscape is disrupted, we're looking for an enthusiastic and creative individual who is one step ahead of the online transformation taking place. 

So if you know your dance A to Z (or Akram Khan to Zenaida Yanowsky), and a have a passion for building dance audiences and increasing dance participation, we want to hear from you.

Find out more about this exciting role in the job description - Content and Community Manager, Londondance.com.

Londondance.com is editorially independent, and is funded by Arts Council England through Sadler's Wells.

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and actively encourage applicants from different backgrounds.

For a list of all our current opportunities, please go to the Sadler's Wells website sadlerswells.com/vacancies. Please note that if you have not already done so, you will be required to register an account with us when you first apply for one of our opportunities. 

Closing date for completed applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 5 February 2017.

Interviews will take place week commencing Tuesday 14 February 2017. 

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

 

 

Kitchen Porter - Fulltime positions

Join our Catering and Events department and contribute to the smooth running and delivery of excellent food & beverage services throughout our venues.
Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house – a place where artists come together to create dance and where people of all ages and from all walks of life come to experience dance. At the heart of Sadler's Wells is a spirit of creative innovation and artistic collaboration. This is where dance and choreography meet art, design, music and theatre.   

The Catering and Events department is responsible for delivering an excellent food & beverage service throughout Sadler's Wells and the Peacock.    

The Kitchen Porters are responsible for ensuring that the kitchen is cleaned and maintained to company standards. They will assist in the smooth running of the kitchen in order to give a good service to our visitors and guests. The successful candidates will be personable, hardworking, and excellent team players with a can do attitude. Previous experience of working within a kitchen environment would be advantageous.   

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and actively encourage applicants from different backgrounds. 

For more information, download a job pack from the Sadler's Wells vacancies page.

Salary £18,346 per annum, plus benefits. 

This is an ongoing vacancy and candidates will be invited to interview as and when suitable applications are submitted.

Once we have found a suitable candidate, the vacancy will be closed without further notice. 

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


Sous Chef - Fulltime position

Have you got a passion for food and a great palate? We are looking for a Sous Chef to join our team and work alongside our Development Head Chef.
Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house – a place where artists come together to create dance and where people of all ages and from all walks of life come to experience dance. At the heart of Sadler's Wells is a spirit of creative innovation and artistic collaboration. This is where dance and choreography meet art, design, music and theatre.   

The Catering and Events Department is responsible for the delivering of all food and beverage service throughout Sadler's Wells and The Peacock.   

We are looking for a Sous Chef to support the Development Head Chef in creating seasonal menus, managing the kitchen and contributing an excellent guest experience throughout Sadler's Wells.   

You will have a passion for food and a good palate, with excellent communication skills and a creative approach to menu design. You will also be a strong leader, with previous experience working at Sous Chef level.   

Salary circa £30,000 per annum, plus benefits.   

For more information, download a job pack from the Sadler's Wells vacancies page

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and actively encourage applicants from different backgrounds. 

This is an ongoing vacancy and candidates will be invited to interview as and when suitable applications are submitted.   

Once we have found a suitable candidate, the vacancy will be closed without further notice. 

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

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