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Post date: 11 March 2016

Breakin' Convention is incredibly excited to announce its line up for London at Sadler's Wells Theatre. 

Boasting the greatest hip hop dance companies from around the world and around the corner we have all-girl crew Bandidas from France, Canada’s BBoyizm, the original rubber man, Damon Frost, French super crew Enfants Prodiges and straight from the streets of South Africa, Soweto Skeleton Movers!

Representing UK we have Boy Blue Entertainment, Daughters of the Dragon, Far From The Norm, Flawless, The Locksmiths, Myself UK, Spoken Movement, SWNSNGTake 1 and Wayward Thread.

We also have work created at our Back to the Lab and Open Art Surgery professional development courses on the main stage and in the studio theatre, including House of Absolute, Kieran Warner, Pro-Motion and Protocol Dance Company, from our future festival project Words Become Flesh, David Judge and Kendra Horsburgh merging performance poetry and movement in a performance that will leave you lost for words.

The Ruggeds, Iron Skulls and Antoinette Gomis join us on the Breakin' Convention 2016 UK tour

 Full London festival line up and information can be found in our festival section

To book tickets to Breakin’ Convention click here.

Post date: 01 March 2016

Future Elements Night is when the kids run things at Breakin' Convention. Witness the future of hip hop dance theatre with a line-up of work by young people for young people! 

The night will feature the screening of Breakin' Conventions' music video created by members of the Future Elements Project. Join the artists post show in the bar area for the Future Elements Jam. Young DJs hit the decks, MCs grab the mic and dancers jam.

Book tickets online 

Future Elements line up:

Elementz Youth
Jack In The Box 
Maverick & Malachi 
Unity Youth & Unitarians

Hosted by Tyrus T-Fly

Performance Times


Transaction fee applies: £2.50 for telephone bookings, £1.75 for online and concessionary bookings. No charge in person at Ticket Office.

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

Post date: 25 February 2016

Following five sell-out festivals at Birmingham Hippodrome, Breakin' Convention returns with Open Art Surgery – Moving Rap

Hosted by Artistic Director Jonzi D and Soweto Kinch, Open Art Surgery is a showcase of brand new ideas in hip hop theatre. Moving Rap focuses on emcees that want to explore characterisation with their verses.

Jonzi welcomes you into the lab to digest, dissect and discuss the evening’s performances. 

Book tickets to our first ever Moving Rap
at Birmingham Hippodrome now!

Doke (Bad Taste Cru) | Seek (BoothBoxers) | TrueMendous | RTKal 
Line-up correct at time of publishing 


Date Sat 12 March
Time 7.45pm
Price £6*

Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome, Patrick Centre, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB

May contain language and content unsuitable for younger children.
Age guidance: 14+

For tickets and information visit or call 0844 338 5000

*Calls cost 4.5p per min plus your phone company’s access charge.
Ticket price subject to change. 5% transaction charge, plus postage from £1.

Post date: 25 February 2016

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!

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

Hosted by Jonzi D with DJ Psykhomantus.

Book tickets for Open Art Surgery here!

Featuring: Chris Reyes | House of Absolute | Kendra J Horsburgh & David Judge | Kieran Warner | Muti Musafiri | Si Rawlinson 
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.

Performance Times
Saturday at 7.45pm (Doors open at 7.30pm)


Transaction fee applies: £1 for telephone bookings, £1 online and concessionary bookings. No charge in person at Ticket Office.

Suggested Age Guidance 14+
Open Art Surgery may contain language and themes unsuitable for children and young people. The work will be created during the week before the performance so we are unaware of the content until then.

Video: What IS Open Art Surgery? Watch this video below 

Post date: 25 February 2016

Breakin' Convention presents an original BCTV short film starring dancer Antoinette Gomis in "Images."

Exploring the story of Antoinette's performance of the same name, "Images" explores the inspiration, meaning and personal attachment to Nina Simone's liberating and timeless messages.

Watch this inspirational short film below! 

Filmed in location in Harlem, New York, and at the Apollo Theatre.
A BCTV original short film made possible with the support of OpenVizor.

Filmed and edited by Ben Williams
Dancer: Antoinette Gomis
Featuring: Billy Mitchell (Mr Apollo), Liz Gomiz, Cyril Machenaud
Additional Camera: Dave Barros, Cyril Machenaud
Soundtrack: Moth Equals - 'Gone'
Music: Nina Simone - 'Images' and 'See Line Woman'

Post date: 28 January 2016

Breakin' Convention have teamed up with the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to present Moving Rap.

We are really excited to be working together with Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and eight East London schools to facilitate a two month project where rap and dance merge. 

Rapper Kingpin and dance crew BirdGang, have been touring East London school assemblies this month with a performance piece to inspire the young people and demonstrate what the project will be about. This has stirred up excitement and soon the schools will be shortlisted for this amazing opportunity. 

Twelve young people mentored by two leading UK Hip Hop artists will represent each school as they learn the history of hip hop, dance and write and perform their own raps leading up to a final showcase in May. 

Breakin' Convention is passionate about young people generating their own work and driving the project forward to express their stories. This journey will lead to a final showcase with all the schools sharing their performances in one venue and then an opportunity to perform at a big show in summer! 

We will be moving into the Olympic Park in 2020 and 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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Post date: 12 January 2016

Higher Learning: Get Technical
Date: Thursday 18 February 2016
Time: 11am - 5:30pm

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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. 

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.

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