Post date: 04 September 2015

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 second BCTV mentorship programme alongside our 2016 national tour. 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 last BCTV cohort... 

Apply for BCTV Film Mentorship Programme 2016

Download an information pack first - for full details on the BCTV programme 
Download an application form - deadline Wednesday 21 October 2015

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.

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.

 

Post date: 05 August 2015

Popin' Pete from the Electric Boogaloos - star of iconic dance movie Breakin', Michael Jackson's Thriller video and Chris Brown's Yeah x 3 music video, is back in the UK for the return of Popin' Pete's Pop Shop! 

Taking over the LondonNewcastle Project in Shoreditch, Popin' Pete will be holding a week-long series of workshops, talks, parties and jam sessions around the dance style of popping.

It will be the third time Popin' Pete has come to London for this unique pop-up experience to teach UK dancers the origins of popping, the foundations of its moves, and the Electric Boogaloos' unique funky style.

Joining Popin' Pete are some of the top British Hip Hop artists including DJ Biznizz (Tha En4cers/Live2Break Crew), graffiti artist Mr Dane (Vop Stars), poppers Dickson Mbi (Fiya House Crew) and Vicky ‘Skytilz' Mantey (Boy Blue Entertainment) and more! 

Each day during the week includes activities for every age and ability, including a youth takeover, Petite Poppers for ages 5-10, a launch and closing party, plus time to chill out and chat with Popin' Pete.

Tickets for Popin' Pete's Pop Shop are available from ScannersInc.org starting from just £3!  

Popin' Pete's Pop Shop is conceived and produced by Scanner's Inc in association with Southbank Centre, Londonewcastle, East London Dance, Leeds Inspired, Speak to the Streets, Unite the Scene, Street Factory Studios and Plymouth Dance. It is supported with National Lottery funding through Arts Council England.

Post date: 30 July 2015

This fall Breakin' Convention is returning to the USA for the second time as we visit North Carolina and New York in October. Once again we'll be showcasing the finest international dance companies alongside the dopest local crews as we bring you talent from around the world and around the block.

In the true essence of a festival not only will these shows include incredible hip hop dance performances on stage but free activities, graffiti, workshops, DJs and parties, guaranteeing the realest hip hop experience each city has to offer.

International companies at this year's Breakin' Convention are: BirdGang Dance Company (UK), Antoinette Gomis (France), The Ruggeds (Netherlands) and Compagnie Phorm (France), guaranteed to blow your mind with their artistic interpretations of hip hop dance theatre performance.

October 9-10 Breakin' Convention at Charlotte North Carolina 

Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts 
Address: 125 Levine Avenue of the Arts Charlotte NC 28202 United States
Tickets are available online via Blumenthal Arts - click here or call box office on (704) 372-1000 
$19.50, $29.50, $39.50, VIP $59.50

This will be the first time Breakin' Convention comes to North Carolina - we can't wait! The festival includes special guests Street Kingdom (USA) will be joining a host of local companies (TBA).

Local line up will be announced soon.

October 16-18 Breakin' Convention at Harlem, New York 

At the Apollo Theatre, Harlem 
Address: Apollo Theater 253 W 125th St, New York, New York 10027
Tickets are available online via Ticketmaster (click here) - enter code EARLY at checkout for $10 off
For Groups Call (212) 531-5355

Breakin' Convention Harlem will be our second time at the world famous Harlem Apollo on 125th since 2013! The festival includes special guests Street Kingdom and Rennie Harris Pure Movement with NL2.

Post date: 21 July 2015

Highlight of annual festival of hip hop dance theatre Breakin' Convention, Freestyle Funk Forum will be heading to Camp Bestival this summer! 

Acclaimed MC and alto saxophonist Soweto Kinch hosts a show of improvised theatre in hip hop's answer to "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" 

Starring dancers Tasha Gooden, Frank Wilson, BBoy Reckless Lee and Dickson, DJ Psykhomantus, and human beatboxer Marv Radio! Freestyle Funk Forum is a series of skits brought to life through the elements of hip hop including dance, beatbox, turntablism and rap. No two shows are ever the same with the audience's participation and suggestions guiding the content.

The Freestyle Funk Forum Camp Bestival line up 





Line up is subject to change.

Featuring some of the UK's leading hip hop artists this is a performance not to be missed!

When
Friday 31 July from 17:30 - 19:00

Location
The Greatest Tent On Earth, Camp Bestival, East Lulworth, BH20 5QS

Tickets 
Available at www.campbestival.net/tickets 

Note: This performance takes place outdoors at the Camp Bestival festival weekend.

Check out the Freestyle Funk Forum performances below! 

Post date: 12 June 2015

A decade ago no one would have suspected Sadler's Wells to house so much hip hop dance alongside ballet and contemporary. But it's 2015 out here, and times have moved on! Breakin' Convention has been live and in full effect the past 12 years, and has uncovered some boundary-pushing choreographers and companies, all of whom will be at Sadler's Wells and The Peacock this season and putting hip hop theatre in effect!

If you've been to Breakin' Convention you may recognise some of the following companies. We're proud to be collaborating, partnering and presenting them as leading theatre makers, so be sure to support and show love to them all.

Wildcard: Botis Seva: InNoForm   

Artistic director of Far From The Norm, Botis Seva follows in the steps of BirdGang's Ivan Blackstock in securing a Wildcard evening in the Lilian Baylis Studio.

In Sadler's Wells' pioneering Wildcard series Botis will be handed the keys to the studio to create, perform and programme what he likes in a night of his own unique, abstract hip hop dance interpretations. 

Like Ivan, Botis partook in our first Back to the Lab professional development course for hip hop dancers, and continues to test the waters then dive into the deep end of theatrical experimentation.

Wildcard takes place on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 September at the Lilian Baylis, Sadler's Wells, presented in partnership with Breakin' Convention. 

Book tickets to Wildcard 

Sebastien Ramirez & Honji Wang: Breakin' Convention presents: Borderline 

Sebastien and Honji - the unforgettably mesmerising duo from Breakin' Convention 2011 (Amor & Psyche), 2012 (AP15) and later winning a Bessie Award for their performance of AP15 at Breakin' Convention 2013 at the Apollo Theater, will be performing on Sadler's Wells' main stage.

Featuring a cast of six dancers Borderline will include elements of breaking, aerial tricks and contemporary dance that show just how far concepts of hip hop and theatre can be pushed.

Borderline takes place on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 October at Sadler's Wells. 

Book tickets to see Borderline 

Zoonation: Into the Hoods

Resident company at Sadler's Wells, ZooNation is bringing back Into the Hoods for three weeks this autumn. 

The Kate Prince's acclaimed take of Sondheim's Into the Woods set in the Ruff Endz Estate will be revamped, re-staged, and remixed with an up-to-date soundtrack and brand new cast. 

Originally presented by Breakin' Convention, Into the Hoods premiered at the Peacock Theatre with ZooNation and Impact Dance's Underworld in 2006, going on to become one of the Novello Theatre's longest running shows and a precursor to the UK street dance movies and TV talent contests.

Into the Hoods: REMIXED will be at the Peacock Theatre, 23 October - 14 November 2015. 

Book tickets to Into The Hoods: Remixed 

Post date: 31 May 2015

Fringe highlight of annual festival of hip hop dance theatre Breakin' Convention, Freestyle Funk Forum breaks into a new space this June at Rich Mix London! 

Breakin' Convention's Artistic Director, Jonzi D, hosts an evening of improvised theatre in hip hop's answer to "Whose Line Is It Anyway." Starring dancers Tasha Gooden, Frank Wilson, BBoy Mouse and Dickson, DJ Psykhomantus, human beatboxer Marv Radio and a violinist Amanda Drummond!

Looking to book tickets? Click here.





Line up is subject to change.

A series of skits brought to life through the elements of hip hop including dance, beatbox, turntablism and rap. No two shows are ever the same with the audience's participation and suggestions guiding the content. 

Featuring some of the UK's leading hip hop artists this is an evening not to be missed. 

Get your tickets now! 

Venue: 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Thu 18 June 8pm
Tickets: £8, £5 concessions - buy online 
Ticket office: 020 7613 7498

Breakin' Convention is the world's leading hip hop dance theatre organisation. Based at Sadler's Wells Theatre, they have helped to redefine hip hop theatre and continue to represent the origins and evolution of hip hop culture.

 

Post date: 18 May 2015

Looking for a valid argument that hip hop should be on the national curriculum? Earlier this year Jonzi D, Breakin' Convention's artistic director spoke at TEDxWarwick to a packed Warwick Arts Centre about his personal experiences the "golden era" of hip hop, using examples from his formative years as a performer to illustrate how much the culture developed him as an MC, a training dancer, and theatre maker.

Post date: 23 March 2015

Breakin' Convention will be coming to the US this year - first stop Charlotte, NC. Details on how to apply, here.

Post date: 17 March 2015

Passionate about hip hop? Want to get involved in the UK's biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre at Sadler's Wells? 

We are recruiting for volunteers to join our festival operation during its time in London over the weekend of Saturday 2 May 2015. This is an excellent opportunity for those passionate about hip hop. In particular, those looking to develop their experience and skills in production assistance, festivals and events or wanting to give something back.

Volunteers may be involved in assisting with festival/venue set-up, registering performing companies and artists, assisting audience members with questions and queries, coordinating workshop artists and participants, or acting as festival runners to help run what will be another incredible festival!

So if you have an outgoing and approachable character, remain calm under pressure, can prove you are reliable and are able to commit to making this our best festival yet, we want to hear from you!

For more information, please download the application form below. Please note: This is open only to volunteers for our London festival.

Applications are now closed.

Closing date for completed applications is 11.59pm on Tuesday 31 March 2015.   

Selection event will take place on Tuesday 7 April 2015.   

Volunteer training will take place on Tuesday 21 April 2015.

Post date: 17 March 2015

This February half term Breakin' Convention worked with aspiring dancers, film makers, MCs, aerosol artists, music producers, costume designers and set designers aged 13-16 years to devise a conceptual music video, working on everything from the storyline to the music, lyrics and art direction.

Everyone on the Future Elements course contributed to what was to become Unsocial Media, their take on how social media, begging for likes and retweets and apps are making us self-centred and much less social. Forget Wikileaks. This is WikiPeak with eyebrows on fleek! Watch it below.

Future Elements is Breakin' Convention's half term project 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 best, most inspirational professional Hip Hop artists including Breakin' Convention's very own Jonzi D.

People on the Future Elements project see their music video debut at the Future Elements night ahead of the main Breakin' Convention festival alongside some of the UK's leading hip hop dance companies.

Interested in participating in the next Future Elements project? Sign up to our newsletter, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for a reminder - applications for the next course open in December!

Future Elements: Unsocial Media

Artist Leaders:
Jonzi D – Lyrics
Kofi Ankrah – Music
Ivan Blackstock – Choreography
Mark Peachy – Costume & Set Design
Simeon Qsyea – Choreography
Sebastian Thiel – Director/Editor

Michelle Norton – Project Manager
Karine Goudout – Breakin' Convention Intern

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