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...


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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.

Post date: 15 July 2016

Breakin' Convention has been touring the UK far and wide in 2016, filming recaps and after-movies in each city we went to!

From theatre-to-theatre, Breakin' Convention took over the building after spilling off stage, throughout the foyers and on to the street to make this our most unforgettable UK tour (yet!).

BCTV is Breakin' Convention's online channel on YouTube and a professional development course for emerging film makers in the realm of hip hop. Working with a film maker in each city we toured to, Breakin' Convention nurtured 12 aspiring cinematographers to equip them with the skills in order to raise the standard of dance on film, while at the same time connecting theatres with local videographers for the future.

Breakin' Convention London - Sadler's Wells

Filmed by Ben Williams and Dan Lowenstein. Edited by Ben Williams.

Breakin' Convention Doncaster - Cast

 

Filmed and edited by Tomi Yau (FunkStylers TV)

Breakin' Convention Bristol - Colston Hall

Filmed and edited by Sam Amos

Breakin' Convention Nottingham - Royal Concert Hall

Filmed and edited by Ben Harriott (UrBen Media) 

Breakin' Convention King's Lynn - Alive Corn Exchange

Filmed and edited by Matthew 'Rusty' Martin

Breakin' Convention Blackpool- Grand Theatre

Filmed by: Josh Kinsella. Edited by: Rhys Alexander 

Breakin' Convention Bournemouth - Bournemouth Pavilion

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Filmed and edited by Tyler Palmer

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Post date: 05 July 2016

As we prepare to head East in 2021, we're undertaking projects of 'Olympic' proportions!
 
Breakin' Convention recently finished our Moving Rap project, a collaboration between Breakin' Convention and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park involving eight schools in East London working with rappers and choreographers to create a performance, later showcased at Here East in the Olympic Park.

After an exciting assembly tour, we shortlisted twelve schools to eight, with a select number of students from each school developing a piece every week with our tutors, to showcase at a big performance with all the schools, tutors and audience in just two months! 

Watch the wrap up video from Moving Rap below! 

Video: Omari 'Motion' Carter and Just Josh.
Artists involved: Aleta Thompson, B-Boy Fuzz, BirdGang Dance Company, Kingpin, MC Angel

Moving Rap Assemblies

Throughout Spring 2016, Breakin' Convention teamed up with the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to present Moving Rap.

Rapper Kingpin and dance crew BirdGang, toured East London school assemblies with a performance piece to inspire the student and demonstrate what the project will be about to stir up excitement.

Breakin' Convention will be moving into the Olympic Park in 2021 as part of Sadler's Wells' expansion in to the East, and we are excited to start the Hip Hop Academy at Sadler's Wells Theatre there to help develop more skills and opportunities for young people.

To find out more about Breakin' Convention's educational strand see our Get Involved section.

This month Breakin' Convention is touring schools in East London to hold MOVING RAP assemblies - encouraging students to...

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