Post date: 05 May 2011

Breakin' Convention 2011 was a resounding success with a full house across the entire bank holiday weekend.

From dancers to spectators, families and friends, thousands of people turned up at Sadler's Wells dressed to impress ahead of the show.

Whittled down from hundreds of photos, below is a selection of our top 20 flyest audience members, the people that give Breakin' Convention its true character.

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Post date: 29 April 2011

Free to day pass holders/£4 for day pass holders

What happens when you bring together some of the UK's top hip hop dancers, a DJ, an MC and a live saxophonist and put them in a studio together? A one-off.

Join host Hakeem Onibudo as he hosts the Freestyle Funk Forum on Saturday and Sunday from 4:30pm with dancers Brooke Milliner, Dickson Mbi, Cindy Claes, Turbo, DJ Billy Bizznizz, MC Jonzi D and award winning saxophonist Steve Williamson in a live improv showcase where anything can happen!

"We're creating paramaters that will really challenge these amazing dancers and exploring ideas that the audience can influence," said Jonzi D. "You want to come to the Freestyle Funk Forum because we're making the dancers move out of their comfort zone. The power is in your hands."

Blending the format of Jonzi's Open Art Surgery workshops and Hakeem's audience participation games, the Freestyle Funk Forum will break down the 'fourth wall' of theatre and allow the audience to decide what happens on stage.

Brooke and Dickson recently represented the UK at the international hip hop dance event, Juste Debout 2011 in Paris, Turbo returns from making it to the Got to Dance finals on Sky One and Cindy Claes has just returned from training in LA.

Breakin' Convention is also blessed to have saxophonist Steve Williamson providing the music with resident Breakin' Convention DJ, Billy Bizznizz.

Steve Williamson's career is based on the constant study of harmony and research of the all possible harmonic approaches to compositions. His wide musical knowledege gives him the opportunity to experiment with his music, creating always innovative and unique compositions - so it's going to be the perfect for what's in store!

The Freestyle Funk Forum takes place in the Lilian Baylis Studio on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May from 16:30 - 17:30.
Tickets are available in person on the day of the performance from the ticket office until 4pm, and then from the foyer.
Tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.

Post date: 18 April 2011

Party people! Welcome to the new Breakin’ Convention website!

We’ve spent many a night sleepless to get it up, running an looking fresh (coz hip hop don’t stop), so have a look around and check out the Breakin’ Convention 2011 line up and this year's featured artists.

The new layout is much cleaner and should be easier to navigate, making it easier to find what you need ahead of the festival and better connections to our social networks.

So are you following Breakin' Convention on Twitter? Have you 'liked' us on Facebook? What are you waiting for?

In future the site will expand to include regular news, videos, and include a full A-Z of every artist that has performed at Breakin' Convention.

Welcome to something new, from everyone at Breakin' Convention.

Post date: 17 April 2011

If you thought the Breakin’ Convention festival weekend finished at 9:30pm on Monday night you’d be mistaken – for some it’s just the start!

From 10:30pm at the O2 Academy Islington (a five minute walk from Sadler’s Wells) Jonzi D will host the official Breakin’ Convention after party.

DJ sets from Breakin’ Convention resident DJs Tha En4cers and DJ Hooch will spinning a selection of the finest hip hop, funk and soul. Between the cyphers and the freestyle circles be prepared for some Breakin’ Convention style party games.

At midnight a special guest PA from rapper and spoken word artist Lyric L, beats provided by DJ Cyndi and live funky drumming from Tuca.

Admission to the Breakin’ Convention after party is £5 with a BC wristband, otherwise £8 in advance or £10 on the door.

Address: The O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, Angel, Islington

Post date: 11 April 2011

Breakin’ Convention loves Big City Brains so much we’ve invited them back for a second year in a row after killing it last year.

Those that came to Breakin' Convention in 2010 will remember how Danish popping sensations Big City Brains and the Robot Boys killed it with Robiality 2020, an 18 minute abstract popping pantomime with some crazy

Big City Brains are some of Denmark’s leading poppers (they were founded in 2003 by Phax, Mori516 and Mr.Steen)

Talent aside, what’s really exciting about is the appearance of Ashigaru, an actual robot.

Big City Brains’ piece Human Robot closes the show on Sunday night.

Pandora from Big City Brains is also taking a class in the style of tutting as part of the Breakin’ Convention workshops.

Fundraising campaign for Japanese earthquake appeal
Breakin’ Convention supports the makers of the Ashigaru robot in their appeal for donations towards the thousands of Japanese people affected by the tsunami in March.
You can make a donation to the Red Cross here.

 

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