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' https://mothequals.bandcamp.com/
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...

Posted by Breakin' Convention on Tuesday, 19 January 2016

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.

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

Post date: 15 December 2015

Future Elements, Breakin' Convention's youth dance project returns for 2015 and applications are open now! If you want to create and star in your very own music video, read on! 

The Future Elements music video project 

Who is it for?
Future Elements is looking for aspiring dancers, film makers, MCs, aerosol artists, music producers, costume designers and set designers aged 13-16 years. Future Elements will give you the chance to work with some of the coolest, inspirational professional Hip Hop artists including Breakin’ Convention’s very own Jonzi D. 

The music video will be premiered as part of Future Elements Night on Saturday 12 March 2016. 

The Future Elements video project is FREE, to take part you must attend all of the following dates:

  • Monday 15 February - Saturday 20 February
  • Saturday 12 March - FUTURE ELEMENTS NIGHT

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

GET INVOLVED: Download an application form

Questions? Call the Breakin’ Convention office on 020 7863 8214

Check out last year's Future Elements music video below! 

Post date: 14 December 2015

Breakin' Convention is pleased to announce the four choreographers for the 2016 hip hop theatre development course, Back to the Lab.

Carrie Anne Ingrouille, Kofi Mingo, Lanre Malaolu and Daniel Phung will be the four artists taking their work "back to the lab" this January with choreographic mentors Jonzi D, Jonathan Burrows and Alesandra Seutin over two weeks of mentoring, experimenting and devising.

Back to the Lab will culminate in a performance of work devised within the second week on Saturday 23 January at the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler's Wells, where audience members are invited to give feedback directly to the artists on how they can shape and develop their work in future.

Tickets for Back to the Lab 2016 are now on sale - click here to book online
or call ticket office on 0207 863 8000

Meet the Back to the Lab 2016 choreographers

Carrie Anne Ingrouille

Carrie Anne is best known for her choreographic contributions to ZooNation's productions including Some Like It Hip Hop. Her movement aesthetic embodies the company's style of dance, and with a history of working narrative in to her choreography for the last 12 years, Back to the Lab will take that experience further.

Lanre Malaolu

Lanre is a co-artistic director and member of Protocol Dance Company, who have performed at Breakin' Convention several times and partaken in several Open Art Surgeries. As well as a dancer, Lanre is also a trained actor who has recently performed with the Royal Shakespeare company.

Said Lanre on his appointment as a Back to the Lab participant: "As a choreographer, I feel as if I'm continuously learning and challenging my craft and movement language. I'm really excited in taking on the brilliant training platform that is Back to the Lab and seeing what comes out."

Kofi Mingo

Kofi is a versatile dancer best known for dancing with Boy Blue Entertainment in productions such as The Five and the Prophecy of Prana and Pied Piper. A hip hop dancer and keen hip hop culture researcher, Kofi also breaks with London b-boy crew, Rain Crew, and DJs as DJ Kofi M.

Daniel Phung

Daniel is from Leeds and dances with Rationale Productions. Currently he is directing his artistic focus on how he is able to bridge the gap between hip hop and contemporary dance to create his own unique style of dance. 

Speaking about being selected for Back to the Lab, Daniel said: "Back To The Lab provides us a chance to share our thoughts with each artist of what we feel needs to be voiced."

Find out more about Breakin' Convention's Back to the Lab artistic development project here.

Post date: 07 December 2015

Projects Assistant, Breakin' Convention Apprenticeship

This opportunity is now closed

Are you...?
an Islington resident
16 – 23 years old
currently unemployed
not in training or education
interested in hip hop 

If you are, we have a fantastic opportunity to take your first steps to a career in the arts.

Breakin' Convention is looking for a Projects Assistant to provide administrative and coordination support for their world-renowned festival, UK and international tour, professional development and educational programmes.

Breakin' Convention is the award-winning and critically acclaimed organisation based at Sadler's Wells that represents the origins and evolution of hip hop culture from around the world and around the corner. Working with the most respected, innovative and inspirational artists from on stage to on screen, Breakin' Convention has raised the profile of hip hop dance both locally and internationally.

Interested? You must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work calmly under pressure. You must also be a team player with excellent organisational skills, and be prepared to go the extra mile to make this the best festival and tour yet.

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

To apply for this vacancy and for further information, please go to the Islington council website, Creative Apprenticeships and Internships, download a job pack and complete the appropriate application form.

This opportunity is now closed.

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

Post date: 06 November 2015

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, Jonathan Burrows, and Alesandra Seutin over two exciting weeks of mentoring, experimenting and devising.

Check out how the last Back to the Lab went with participants Berkavitch and Ed Spoons, Kloe Dean, Sam Amos and Tashan Muir, with mentor Jonathan Burrows.

Apply for Back to the Lab 2016 

Applications are now closed for the 2016 Back to the Lab 

Venue
Sadler's Wells, London

Back To The Lab dates
Mon 11 – Sat 23 January 2016

Application schedule
Application deadline: Fri 4 December 2015
Invited artists informed: Fri 11 December 2015

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

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 participants.

Post date: 16 October 2015

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Post date: 18 September 2015

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Post date: 11 September 2015

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 at Sadler's Wells with mentorship from Breakin' Convention Artistic Director, Jonzi D and Anthony Ekundayo-Lennon.

Hosted by Jonzi D with DJ Psykhomantus.

Book tickets online

Open Art Surgery stars the following artists



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.

Tickets £5 - book online 

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

Suggested Age Guidance 14+

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

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