Post date: 10 April 2014

Post date: 02 April 2014

Last weekend (29 March) Breakin' Convention held its first ever international edition of Open Art Surgery, our hip hop theatre intensive week looking at new ways to bring our culture to the stage.

Jonzi D flew over to Toronto, Canada, to oversee the project alongside choreographer Allen Kaeja with participants Emily "Em Fatale" Law, Jon "Drops" Reid, Judi "JuLo" Lopez, Lance "Leftelep" Johnson, Lauren Cook, Lee "Lethal" Pham, Marcelino "Frost Flow" DaCosta, Mary "Mary Jane" Fogarty, Ofilio Sinbadhino, Supernaturalz Crew, Troy Feldman, and Victoria "Vic Versa" Mackenzie.

Watch Jonzi D talk about bringing Open Art Surgery to the Harbourfront, Toronto below...

Open Art Surgery Toronto reactions

If you can't see the embedded tweets, please click here 

Post date: 28 March 2014

Breakin' Convention is pleased to announce the workshop line up for London!

Workshops are open to everyone, including non ticket-holders for Breakin' Convention. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from the incredible Breakin' Convention 2014 artists!

BOOK A WORKSHOP NOW!

All workshops costs £10* and can be booked from the Sadler’s Wells Box Office in person, online or by calling 0844 412 4300. Online and telephone bookings are subject to a £1 booking fee. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and footwear and bring water.

General workshops are open to everyone over the age of 12. Advanced workshops are suitable for those with a solid understanding and at least 2 years experience in the style.

* Except for Waacking/Vogue: This is a two-hour workshop and is therefore at the higher price of £15.

SATURDAY 3 MAY

10.30-13.45 - Hip-Hop Dance Fitness/Prevention of Injuries - B-Boy Marius from MDK & Project Breakalign (with Dance UK)  
GENERAL
This workshop focuses on ways to improve steps and movement for stronger performances. It will be practice-based and will include demonstrations of exercises for strengthening, mobility and stability for specific body parts. The workshop, taught by Nefeli Tsiouti (Bgirl sMash) and physiotherapist Mark Archer, highlights the importance of fitness and injury prevention for dancers of all hip-hop styles.

12.15-13.45 Breaking for Kids - ILL-Abilities (Worldwide)
AGES 8-14
B-Boy crew who aim to shatter society’s preconceptions of people with disabilities. Through their message of ‘No Excuses, No Limits’ their work is inspirational. This workshop will cover breaking basics and motivational/inspirational messages. Suitable for participants with a range of disabilities, but this is open and suitable for all.

12.15-13.45 - Popping - Marvel (Monsters, UK)
GENERAL
Marvel has cemented himself as one of the UK’s leading poppers. Committed to the battle circuit he has chalked up numerous wins across Europe. This workshop will explore popping technique for beginners.

14.00-15.30 - Floorwork/Contact - David Colas (France)  
ADVANCED
Floorwork is most closely associated with breaking. This workshop will explore how to take any streetdance style to the floor as well as partnering work. Suitable for dancers from any hip hop/streetdance style and particularly useful for those interested in hip hop theatre. Participants should have a good understanding of their own dance discipline.

14.00-15.30 - Breaking - Def Dogz/Hustle Kidz (Holland/France) 
GENERAL
Learn basic breaking foundations and fundamentals from one of Holland’s most successful crews. With countless wins under their belt Def Dogz/Hustle Kidz have been making noise in circles around the world over the last decade. Top rock, footwork and basic spins and freezes will be covered.

SUNDAY 4 MAY

10.30-12.00 - Krump - Jr Tight Eyez (Street Kingdom, USA) SOLD OUT
GENERAL
This workshop is an introduction to krump. Street Kingdom are one of the best krump crews in the world led by Tight Eyez, the creator of the style, and appeared on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. An exclusive opportunity to learn from the pioneers of this style on a rare visit to the UK.

10.30-12.00 - Krump - Tight Eyez (Street Kingdom, USA) SOLD OUT 
ADVANCED
Tight Eyez first ever workshop in the UK for £10! Don’t miss the chance to learn from krump’s creator and greatest ever. Participants should have a good understanding of krump technique. Book now - tickets will sell out!

11.00-13.00 - Waacking/Vogue - House of Ninja/P*Fect (Sweden)  
GENERAL
This class will be led by Anna Ninja and Sophia alongside their company, P*Fect, and will cover waacking and vogue with an emphasis on groove, feeling, dynamics, personal expression and technique. This is a two-hour workshop and is therefore at the higher price of £15.

12.15-13.45 - Breaking - Menno (Hustle Kidz, Holland)  
ADVANCED
In the last year no bboy has been more successful on the international competition circuit than Menno. Picking up wins at BOTY, UK BBoy Champs, Chelles Battle Pro and Unbreakable amongst others. A bboys’ bboy, Menno blends power, transitions and musicality to produce a unique flow. Come and learn from one of Europe’s fiercest competitors.

12.45-14.15 - House - Mamson (Wanted Posse/Serial Stepperz, France)  
ADVANCED
Mamson is one of the world’s best house dancers. A former Juste Debout winner and judge, Mamson will deliver a workshop suitable for even the most experienced house dancers.

13.30-15.00 - Locking - Brooke (Plague, UK) 
GENERAL
Brooke has enjoyed notable success with Plague, 3 times UK Hip Hop Champions and World Hip Hop Dance Champions (2005). He represented the UK at Juste Debout World Finals and has won several international battles. Brooke is a student of Greg Campbellock and Suga Pop and will be teaching locking foundations and fundamentals.

14.00-15.30 - Krump - Lil Style Ripper (Street Kingdom, USA)  
ADVANCED
Street Kingdom’s Lil Style Ripper will teach a workshop for advanced krumpers. This session will focus on storytelling -looking at character, conceptualising and acting. Participants should have a good understanding of krump technique.

14.30-16.00 - Hip Hop - Yugson (Wanted Posse, France)
GENERAL
Wanted Posse are one of the most versatile crews in the world, winning major competitions in a range of streetdance styles. Hip hop has drawn on most of the original streetdances to create its own foundations and aesthetic. Yugson will lead a workshop on hip hop freestyle.

Post date: 28 March 2014

Breakin' Convention (London) is excited to announced that as part of the festival Street Kingdom will be performing, giving workshops and hosting a session. Full details below.

This is Street Kingdom's first ever time in the UK as a crew!

Street Kingdom Session
Street Kingdom will be taking part in an hour-long krump session during the show interval on Sunday 4 May! 

The jam will be taking place during the interval of Breakin' Convention so you will require a ticket to the festival. Get your tickets here. 

Krump Session at Breakin' Convention
Where: Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN
When: Sunday 4 May 2014
Travelling? A guide to nearby accommodation can be found here

Workshops with Krump Kingdom
When: Sunday 4 May 2014
10:30 - 12: Junior Tight Eyez (General level)
10:30 - 12: Tight Eyez (Advanced level)
2 - 3:30: Lil Style Ripper (Advanced level)

£10 each - book online now 

Street Kingdom performances 
Saturday 3 & Monday 5 May

What is Breakin' Convention? 

Breakin' Convention is THE international festival of hip hop dance theatre and is much more than just a show – it's an experience! The foyer is transformed with live DJs, freestyle dance jams, graffiti exhibitions, workshops from top international artists and much more. More info can be found on our festival page

Post date: 26 March 2014

What does a good party need? Great music from the best DJs. Check. Good company. Got that. A great poster to let people know the party is taking place? That's where you come in.

You may have noticed us uploading lots of photos from after parties gone by to our Facebook over the last few weeks. That's because this Monday 5 May we'll be closing our 11th London festival with a bang. And we need a poster to tell others how good it's gonna be! 

If you can make pics pop with Photoshop or you're an Illustrator innovator you are free to use any of the images uploaded to the after parties album for your flyer design. You can even manipulate and alter them to your liking, or use your own designs (however, you must NOT use a copyrighted image). 

We'll upload the best to our Facebook page for the world to see.

Your design will be displayed across all our social networks and website for thousands to see, included in our London programme, and we can link others to a portfolio of your work. 

There are a few guidelines you MUST adhere to, which you read in detail below. 

Download Breakin' Convention after party terms and conditions 
Download Breakin' Convention after party poster guidelines and copy 

Deadline: Wednesday 23 April. Send your entries to info@breakinconvention.com 
Prizes:

  • A pair of tickets to Breakin' Convention at Sadler's Wells
  • A pair of tickets to the Breakin' Convention after party at the O2 Academy Islington on Monday 5 May 

Please note the after party is an over 18s event, so you must be aged 18 by 5 May 2014 to enter the competition.

You are free to use any of the images below for your design

Post date: 02 March 2014

Watch the Juste Debout live stream of the world finals in Paris with Breakin' Convention!

The Juste Debout live stream starts at 6pm GMT +1 hour, so make sure to check the time in your country so you don't miss it! Hint: Clicking play before this time will show a countdown timer.

Want more great international hip hop dance? Like Breakin' Convention on Facebook below now!

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Juste Debout 2014 World Finals line up

Juste Debout 2014 Popping Top 8

Controlbotics
Westgang
Yamato and Rixy
The Gipsys
Symbiotics Monsters
Yanka and Ness
Dynasty Diamondz
Marabout & Samir

Juste Debout 2014 House Top 8

Kobo Power
Nalita and Katya
Hyrossi and Shuho
Hiro and Mamson
Malcom and Yugson
Saki and Taiki
Perla and Dee
K and Frankwa

Juste Debout 2014 Locking Top 8

Ina and Bana
Ryan and Tony Flower
Locking Fighters
Badness RR
Loic and Manu
Luplo D Flo
Vovan and Funky J
A Train and Willow

Juste Debout 2014 Hip Hop Top 8

Aldo and P-Dog
Rochka and Waydi
Akihico and Wapper
Majid and Franky Dee
Old Timerz
Bauka and L’eto
Marcio Ratinho and Batalia
Jeka Bar and Kadet

Post date: 28 February 2014

The first half of the year in dance is already off a great start in the UK. Despite the awful weather, cold spells and long nights, if there’s one thing to look forward to is seeing what dance across the UK is coming to your home town.

Enjoy the cream of the UK hip hop theatre crop coming to a city near you and make sure you book early!

Pinocchio - Breaking Cycles

25 January - 10 March
Popping meets puppeteering and projections in a play written by Mary Cooper and directed by Benji Reid set in Moss Side in 1976. Check out the dates on Benji Reid's artist profile for tickets

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out - Polarbear

February - April 

It's an interactive storytelling show with international assassins, secret codes, dog-eating boa constrictors and much more fill the hole left when a father disappears and a boy discovers a talent for telling tales. Suitable for ages 9-12, so take the kids along! Check out Polarbear's dates here! 

We Are b.supreme tour

March, May and June
Celebrating women in hip, hop b.supreme is touring to Peterborough, Exeter, Bournemouth and Hereford with Boadicea, BirdGang, Buckness Personified and Myself, plus local b-girls will battle for supremacy.

Compagnie Kafig: Boxe Boxe

25 March - 18 April    
Stars of Breakin' Convention 2004 French company Compagnie Kafig will be doing a tour of the UK with Boxe Boxe, blending boxing with dance.

Rationale Productions: In My Shoes 

March - April
Having already completed several seasons of sold out performances the ever popular In My Shoes is set in an intense hip hop therapy session exploring each other’s difference to understand how it feels to be in another person’s shoes. Check out the dates on Rationale Productions' profile! 

Breakin’ Convention 2014

3 May - 7 June 
Yes, Breakin’ Convention is touring the UK across 10 different venues this summer! Touring acts Wanted Posse (France), ILL-Abilities (International) and Ukweli Roach (UK) will join the dopest local crews in a city near you. Find out where Breakin' Convention will be - click here! 

Boy Blue Entertainment: The Five and the Prophecy of Prana

Autumn 2014 - dates to be announced - visit Boy Blue Ent's profile here 
Boy Blue Entertainment’s first feature length follow up since Pied Piper will return to the road following its debut at the Barbican in London last year. With an all-star cast, manga stylings and off-sync voiceovers to match, Kenrick H2O Sandy's choreography and stunning Manga backdrops, this buttkicking show appeals to all! 

Post date: 24 January 2014

Following an explosive return to the stage for Jonzi D last year, Lyrikal Fearta is back for 2014 featuring a triple bill of work which embarks on a UK tour across the UK this October 2014!

Following the Autumn 2013 run the show has gained critical acclaim from the hundreds of people that came to see it - check out some of their feedback below. 

Featuring the return of The Letter exploring Jonzi's responses being offered an MBE his latest solo work uses trademark Jonzi "choreopoetry" to paint a picture of "stunning, rhythmical clarity" (The Stage), looking at this sensitive subject matter through the eyes of an animated cast of characters - of which Jonzi plays all of them! The Letter is accompanied by a commissioned score played live by member of the Speakers Corner Quartet Kwake Bass.

Broken Lineage, a newly commissioned piece with Ivan Blackstock of BirdGang Dance Company, explores the gap between the old skool and new skool hip hop generations, bringing Jonzi's unique perspective to evolving social issues.

Across the UK tour Jonzi will also be collaborating with local artists making each of the tour stop offs unique to each city, including Act On Words, Nene, Marius Mates & Andrei Roman, 4DEE & Joe Blow, Mickael 'Marso' Riviere, Freestyle Fictionary, Innuendo, Nicky Trad and 2K, Re-Position, Theo 'Godson' Oloyade and Jane Sekonya - see individual dates below for who is appearing where.

Lyrikal Fearta: The Letter and Broken Lineage tour dates

18 January 
Richmix, London 

22 January 
Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury 

24 and 25 January 
Birmingham Rep 

28 January 
Sherman Cymru 

29 January 
Courtyard, Hereford 

30 January 
Contact, Manchester 

31 January and 1 February 
Black-e Liverpool 

3 February 
Edgehill, Lancaster 

5 February 
Circomedia, Bristol 

6 February 
artsdepot, London 

8 and 9 February 
The Albany, London 

Commissioned and produced by Sadler's Wells
Also supported by Pavillion Dance Southwest, Jonzi D Productions and Breakin' Convention. 
The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells.
Co-commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West
Jonzi D is a Pavilion Dance South West Playtime Artist

Post date: 16 January 2014

Breakin' Convention is pleased to announce the four choreographers that will be working under the guidance of Jonathan Burrows and Jonzi D for this year's Back to the Lab course.

Emma Jayne Park (Cultured Mongrel Dance, Edinburgh), Gavin Vincent (Soul Mavericks, London), Kwame Asafo-Adjei (Spoken Movement, London) and Sean Graham (London) will each present brand new work developed over the intense two week course in front of a live audience at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells.

Come along: Saturday 8 March – book tickets now! 

Back to the Lab sees four hand-picked hip hop choreographers working with a renowned choreographer from outside the hip hop realm to devise new approaches to creating theatre work.

"Back to the Lab is an amazing opportunity to get in a studio with other choreographers to explore process and have the chance to take risks when putting what we explored into practice," said Emma Jayne Park. "Discovering how practice-based dialogue with other choreographers, who also question the boundaries of hip hop theatre, will reshape my perceptions and seeing Jonathan Burrows' theories in action will definitely be two career highlights in a mind-boggling fortnight."

Jonathan Burrows danced with the Royal Ballet for 13 years before leaving to pursue his own choreography, boasting high profile commissions including work for Sylvie Guillem, Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt and the National Theatre, London. 

Jonathan will work in collaboration with Jonzi D, who brings his expertise in hip hop theatre, both of whom will put the participants through challenges and exercises and activities to bring out new ideas, even from seasoned choreographers.

"Back to the Lab will see me exploring new ideas and old creations, testing their full potential and significant life cycle," said Sean Graham. "I want to bring to the table the resource of maturity, openness and unconventional experience."

Back to the Lab was launched in 2012 as a platform for hip hop choreographers at the height of their career looking for new direction and equip them with new skills to create work and address the gap in knowledge base they may not have, for example, understanding professional lighting set ups to further enhance their work.

"We are looking to learn from each of the artist and create amazing work from our experience and share and explore concepts and narrative with the audience through movement," said Kwame Asafo-Adjei, with Gavin Vincent adding: "I hope to create work alongside my fellow crew members that is challenging, different and unexpected for a b-boy crew whilst still keeping the true essence of the art form."

Jasmin Vardimon led the inaugural course in 2012, followed by Shobana Jeyasingh in 2013. You can watch a short documentary of our last Back to the Lab below.

Breakin' Convention Presents: Back to the Lab 2014 takes place 7.45pm on Saturday 8 March at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells. Tickets are £8 (online/telephone booking fee applies, free in person) and available to buy online now or call 0844 412 4300

Post date: 16 December 2013

Future Elements, Breakin' Convention's youth dance project and performance night returns for 2014 and applications are open now! If you want to create and star in your very own music video, or if you're part of a youth dance company looking to perform with some of the UK's best companies at Sadler's Wells in London, read on! 

Future Elements Night 2014 [applications are now closed] 

Who is it for? 
Youth dance companies. Future Elements night has showcased some of the UK's best up-and-coming youth dance companies that have taken the future of funk in their hands and channelled it through their dancing.

We're looking to showcase the best youth dance companies from in and around London March 2014!

Applications are now closed - want to take part in future? Sign up to our newsletter for future opportunities! 

The Future Elements music video project [applications now closed] 

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 29 March 2014. 

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

  • Sun 16 February - Fri 21 February
  • Sat 29 March - FUTURE ELEMENTS NIGHT

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

Applications are now closed 

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

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