Post date: 01 February 2017

For the Breakin' Convention 2017 UK tour we will have the pleasure of presenting South Africa's Soweto Skeleton movers to 10 UK cities. Although a popular style locally, little is known about their unique style of pantsula dance outside the country.

In our Pro:File featurette BCTV explores Soweto Skeleton Movers from South Africa with the dancers from the crew, exclusively for Breakin' Convention.

Street dancing on the corners of their township, this collective of dancers dance a style known as 'Skeleton Pantsula, a style that derives from Soweto in the 1950s when commuters developed a style known as 'isparapara,' inspired by their jumping on and off of moving trains. This was mixed with tap dance and later became known as pantsula.

More than a dance, pantsula is a lifestyle. Influences can be seen in jazz, breaking, popping, house dance and bonebreaking.

Watch our Soweto Skeleton Movers Pro:File below! 

Filmed by Ben Williams and Dan Lowenstein
Edited by Ben Williams
Music: Insightful - We Go On https://soundcloud.com/insightfulone

See Soweto Skeleton Movers performing at Breakin' Convention on our 2017 UK tour!
Click below for more info and dates! 

Post date: 26 January 2017

General Manager, Breakin' Convention 

The world renowned Breakin' Convention is looking for a dynamic General Manager. 

THIS JOB OPPORTUNITY HAS NOW CLOSED 

Founded by Jonzi D, Breakin' Convention is at the vanguard of the global development of the hip hop theatre genre. Our new General Manager will manage its team and lead the implementation of Jonzi D's vision.

We play a pivotal role through our international festivals, professional development programmes for dancers and emcees, and engagement projects with young people. The next five years will see the strategic planning and delivery of a new cultural centre for hip hop which will be part of Sadler's Wells' new venue in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.
 
The ideal candidate will be experienced in management, financial and organisational development and will play a key role in taking Breakin' Convention through this exciting period of growth. If you have a keen interest in hip hop culture, a solid understanding of funding, advocacy and business, and would like to be part of this pioneering team, then we want to hear from you. 

For more information, please go to the following link - http://bit.ly/2iK8XM5

THIS JOB OPPORTUNITY HAS NOW CLOSED 

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 29 January 2017.

Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 6 February 2017. 

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

Post date: 26 January 2017

Company Manager

Breakin’ Convention UK Tour 2017

Fixed term position

Founded by Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention is at the vanguard of the global development of the hip hop theatre genre.

We play a pivotal role through our international festivals, professional development programmes for dancers and emcees, and engagement projects with young people. The next five years will see the strategic planning and delivery of a new cultural centre for hip hop which will be part of Sadler's Wells’ new venue in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

We are looking for a Company Manager to support, coordinate and manage the company on tour.

You will be highly organised and numerate, with good communication skills and confidence in handling company logistics on tour. Previous experience working as a Company Manager with touring companies is essential.

This vacancy is now closed 

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 12 February 2017.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 February 2017.

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

 

Stage Manager, Breakin’ Convention

Freelance position

Founded by Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention is at the vanguard of the global development of the hip hop theatre genre.

We play a pivotal role through our international festivals, professional development programmes for dancers and emcees, and engagement projects with young people. The next five years will see the strategic planning and delivery of a new cultural centre for hip hop which will be part of Sadler's Wells’ new venue in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

We are looking for a Stage Manager to help present Breakin’ Convention Festival 2017 to audiences at Sadler’s Wells and across the U.K on tour.

You will have a flexible attitude, good communication skills, and experience working with touring companies. You will also be able to manage budgets, logistics and travel on tour. Previous experience of Stage Management and staging productions in varied venues is essential.

This vacancy is now closed 

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. If you do not have access to the internet, you can request the relevant form and information from the HR Department, (ref: SMBC17), Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN.  

Closing date for completed applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 12 February 2017.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 February 2017.

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

Post date: 07 January 2017

Higher Learning: Get Technical
Date: Thursday 16 February 2017
Time: 11am - 5:30pm
Venue: Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN
Cost: FREE

Click here to register 

Have you ever arrived at a theatre for a technical rehearsal and felt overwhelmed? Do you struggle to articulate your lighting plan and technical requirements? Knowing how to prepare for and run a good technical rehearsal will make a huge difference to the production values of your work. This session aims to prepare you to optimise technical aspects of your work. From communication and building a rapport with the technical team to understanding a range of lighting options and how to develop lighting as a choreographic tool.

It features a lecture-demonstration on a range of lighting styles, designs and terminology. It also focuses on the importance of being realistic and working within your means without sacrificing quality of work. By the end of the day you should feel confident about managing technical elements of your production.

Applications are currently open for our FREE Higher Learning session GET TECHNICAL - Register here! 

Please note that, subject to your application form, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. A waiting list will be set-up when fully subscribed. All sessions take place at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.

Travel bursaries are also available for choreographers outside of London - offered on a first come, first served basis. Please contact us to arrange on the email address below.

If you have any questions please email info@breakinconvention.com

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.

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