Post date: 05 September 2014

Breakin' Convention, in partnership with the Black Dance Archives Project and State of Emergency, presented a Hip Hop Retrospective: an event during our festival showcasing three London dancers who were central to the early stages of Hip Hop dance development in the UK, through film, performance and conversation.

First up on the list was the inimitable "original b-boy of London Town" Dolby D of London All Stars. 

Watch the interview below now to hear stories of when Dolby D frequented Covent Garden, went up against the Rock Steady Crew and how he got into b-boy culture.

Using archival footage, images and documents, each short film explores the dancers' experiences, inspirations and legacies. This is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into these often untold stories about UK dance history.

Don’t forget, if you haven’t already, subscribe to BCTV now for the next video in the Pro:File series!

 

Post date: 21 August 2014

No Excuses, No Limits! That's the motto of ILL-Abilities, and the motivation behind an ambitious project that Lazylegz organised as a community act of solidarity. 

The I Can Challenge was an event to help participants find satisfaction, motivation and inspiration to accomplish personal goals.

For Lazylegz it was to walk 2.5 kilometres without leg braces or crutches. Lazylegz was born with Arthrogryposis, a condition affecting the bones and causing stiffness in the joints in the body, which mainly his legs creating weak muscle developments and makes walking unaided for long periods of time difficult.

Lazylegz invited anyone that wanted to take part whether to get in shape, stop smoking, overcome cancer, get a degree, help a family member, or wanted to show unity.

When the event took place earlier this month over 800 participants joined in with supporters as far as the eye could see.

"It was a really magical day!" said Lazylegz afterwards. "The energy was incredible and seeing the kids challenge themselves was priceless."

Watch the "I Can" Challenge video below! 

Post date: 13 August 2014

When Popin' Pete, Electric Boogaloo, appeared in Chris Brown's Yeah x3 video in 2010 he was immortalised with a shop front bearing his name. What better way to develop a quirky music video prop in a music video than make it real and get dancers involved?

The first Popin' Pete's Pop Shop took place last year in a small shipping container in East London. Now the project is back with a massive 3,000 square foot gallery at the LondonNewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch before hitting Birmingham and Essex.

"We're back bigger than before with more artists, workshops and a 3000 square foot space to transform," said Kate Scanlan. "Throughout the project there will be opportunities to learn, share and have fun with the dance."

Special events include a Youth Takeover programme introducing young people to the artforms; popping workshop and freestyles and a series of events designed to bring the whole community together to enjoy, learn history and create the future.

As well as Popin' Pete there will also be DJ Biznizz (Tha En4cers, UK), Mr Dane (Vop Stars, UK), Dickson Mbi (Fiya House & Prototype crews) & Vicky 'Skytilz' Mantey (Boy Blue Entertainment) to keep the jam moving.

"I am very excited about this year's Popin' Pete's Pop Shop, seeing that last year was so good," said Popin' Pete. "I know this year is going to be even better, I love teaching the youth and giving back to the community. Let's get the UK popping!"

Outside of London? To help dancers from outside of London there is also an £800 bursary available to support dancers to travel to London. To apply contact Kate@scannersinc.org
 
Key information
· You can pre-book (inc deals) on the Scanner's Inc Eventbrite page.
· There is a Travel Bursary to non-London dancers
· There are FREE places on the Youth Takeover for young people in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Lambeth & Southwark
· There are two Young Filmmaker Commissions – deadline this Friday at 5pm.

Popin' Pete's Pop Shop 2014 dates

Venue: Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP

21 August
Launch Party 18:00-21:00

22 August
Youth take over (ages 10-18) - 12-3pm
3.30-5.30 – open practice session
6-7.30 Popping Workshop
8-9.30 Popping Workshop

23 August
Popping Kids workshop (ages 5-10) & Jam with Skytilz & Popin' Pete
Open practice 1-2.30pm
2.30-4pm Popping Workshop
4.30-6pm Popping Workshop
7-10pm The Hang out – talk, chill, tunes

24 August
12-1.30pm open practice
1.30-3pm Popping Workshop
3.30-5pm Popping Workshop
5.30-9pm The Social Jam

25 August
Youth take over 12-3pm
3-4.30pm open practice
4.30-6pm Popping Workshop
7-9pm Take it back to the '80s fancy dress workshop party & closing event

27 August - BIRIMINGHAM
Workshops at DanceXchange, Thorp St, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 4TB

28 August - ESSEX 
Workshops at Bam Bam Boogies Studio, V Dance Studio, Springhealth Leisure Centre, Brian Close, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9DZ

Popin' Pete's Pop Shop is conceived and produced by Scanner's Inc. Supported with National Lottery funding through Arts Council England, Youth Opportunity Fund Hackney. Produced in association with East London Dance, Londonewcastle, Electric Boogaloos, Diabolical, Bam Bam Boogies, DanceXchange, The Realness.

Post date: 29 July 2014

Come and join us at the Tate Britain for an evening of free events including the unveiling of Jonzi D's new portrait and a whole lot more.

Taking place on Friday, 1st August, Spaces Between will explore the individual voice and its transformation and influence on youth culture using various spaces throughout Tate Britain to show how it exists between social structures and cultural boundaries. As part of the evening there will be a series of free performances, workshops, installations, talks and online activity.

Artist Benjamin Wachenje, who has been designed every Breakin' Convention poster since the beginning, will be unveiling a new painting of Jonzi D and talk, which will also include a performance. Check out the preview of the painting below.

Musically there will be provided by an eclectic mix of artists performing live including DJ Snuff, emerging jazz outfit Parshmaune and international hip hop collective End Of The Weak who have teamed up with London-based MC cypher event Higher Learning to showcase a selection of high quality wordsmiths. It's gonna be dope!

Late at Tate programmer Adrian Shaw said: "These events are now led by the Young People's Programme with the aim of giving young people a genuine voice in the gallery. So it's really great to be working with Louder Than Words with their commitment and in-depth experience of working within the youth cultural sector."

Other highlights on the evening include a spoken word showcase within the grand spaces of the Duveen Galleries inspired by this year’s Tate Britain Commission sculptor Phyllida Barlow; a workshop with UK beatbox champion Reeps One in the Manton foyer; an acoustic performance by hotly-tipped rapper Little Simz against a backdrop of stunning portraits from the Tate Collection and live painting by leading British graffiti artist Mode 2 in the Clore Studio.

There will also be an exclusive spoken word mixtape available to download during the event by renowned DJ and poet Charlie Dark and an opportunity to explore the galleries of Tate Britain after hours.

The programme is free to attend and is curated by cultural communications organisation Louder Than Words.


Above: Mode 2

Late at Tate schedule and info 

Event info:

Cost: Free

Time: 18.00- 22.00

Date: Friday 1st August

Address: Tate Britain Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

Programme:

MUSIC

Speakers Corner
Clore Lawn
Live music from a collaboration of new emerging hip-hop and jazz talent, urban griots, rap artists, beatboxers, turntablist and dancers exploring the fluctuating social-political paradigms that effect youth culture. Supported by Universal Zulu Nation, End Of The Weak and Higher Learning.

Reeps One
Clore Lawn
Live drawing on the Clore Lawn from artist and UK beatbox champion Reeps One

PERFORMANCE

Mode 2
Clore Studio
Live painting performance by leading British graffiti artist Mode 2, preceded by a one-off workshop attended by young arts appreciators and members of Tate Collective

Little Simz
Forgotten Faces
Live acoustic performance against the backdrop of stunning portraits from the Tate Collection

Poetry Luv
Duveen Galleries
Pop-up poetry throughout the Duveen Galleries inspired by Tate Britain Commission sculptor Phyllida Barlow. Spoken word artists Jaja Soze, Nego Tru and Sophia Thakur showcase young, emerging poets

Library and Archive
An exploration of the words behind the artist, a display and reading of artists from the Archives and Access project generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

TALKS
Benjamin Wachenje and Jonzi D in Conversation and Performance by Jonzi D
Space
Artist Benjamin Wachenje unveils a new portrait, on view for the evening of cultural icon and Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells Theatre Jonzi D, who for over ten years has exposed a generation to the rich cultural heritage of Hip-hop.

BFI Young Collective and Tate Collective discussion
Source
BFI Young Collective and Tate Collective discussing key influences of modern text

WORKSHOP

Reeps One
Manton Foyer
Film screening and cymatic sound wave and vibration demonstration from UK beatbox champion Reeps One

Visibly, Invisible
Digital Studio
Inspired by Henry Moore's figurative pieces and Phyllida Barlow's dock photographer, Saira Awan curates an immersive real-time multimedia response to questions around individual identity, stereotyping and labelling.

INSTALLATION

Your Mum Visuals
Rotunda
Your Mum Visuals maps the evolution of the MC and sound system culture across R&B, Reggae, Dance Hall, Hip Hop, Jungle, Garage, Drum & Base, Dub Step and Grime.

Lost In Space
Manton Studio
Sound and visual artist Anderson presents an immersive audio play and 3D animation journeying into outer space exploring the power of words

PLUS

DOWNLOAD

Charlie Dark mixtape
Via the 
Tate website
DJ, poet and Run Dem Crew founder Charlie Dark digs through his vast record collection to produce a spoken world mixtape of rarities, essentials and lyrical classics. An educative, challenging and informative adventure through the sounds of protest, celebration and self-expression

LIVE STREAMING
Chew TV live streaming
Via the 
Tate website

All events are FREE

Post date: 06 July 2014

Breakin' Convention is proud to announce our next Open Art Surgery in London on Friday 18 July!

Open Art Surgery is where hip hop artists – dancers, emcees, musicians, as well as poets and magicians - present brand new short works devised and developed at Sadler's Wells over the course of one week with mentorship from Jonzi D and Anthony Ekundayo Lennon.

July’s Open Art Surgery features choreographer Andrea Queens (AQ Arts), Breakin’ Convention 2013 company Grounded led by Sunanda Biswas, Hobbit from The Beatbox Collective, magician and b-boy Magical Bones, Definitives Dance Company’s O'Neil Rochester, Breakin’ Convention 2013 company Protocol and spoken word artist Realitie.

With such a wide variety of artists working to make a short piece of theatre, who knows what will come out of the week of development?

After the performances have taken place you will be invited to give constructive feedback after seeing all the performances, helping shape the work for further development.

Companies and choreographers that have done an Open Art Surgery in the past include Soul Mavericks, Rowdy Lofvenberg, and Cindy Claes, all of whom have gone on to develop longer theatre shows and commissions as a result of their participation.

There is no other show like this! Watch the work, critique the work before spilling out in to the bar to keep the conversation going. Don’t miss it!

Date and time: Friday 18 July at 7.45pm

Venue: Lilian Baylis Studion, Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN

Tickets: £5 - book online or call 0844 412 4300Transaction fee applies: £1 for telephone and online bookings. No charge in person at Ticket Office.

Open Art Surgery may contain language or content unsuitable for younger children.

 

Post date: 04 July 2014

Did you know that at this time six years ago Breakin' Convention uploaded our first video to YouTube? With almost 4 million minutes of footage watched since then we're growing at an incredible rate and have recently re-launched it as BCTV. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some videos on BCTV now. Hit the subscribe button below and sign in to your YouTube to get started!

Why did we launch BCTV?

We launched online video channel BCTV to capture the full range of Breakin' Convention's work and the artists it works with. We're more than just a festival: With year-round projects taking place we're commissioning up-and coming film makers to document the positive aspect of hip hop culture. This film will give you a better idea.

Breakin' Convention documentary series 

These are playlists that open in a new window 

Future Elements feature-length music videos 

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Most viewed video: Kenichi Ebina at Breakin' Convention 2011

Kenichi Ebina went on to appear on America's Got Talent 2013 - and won!

Post date: 20 June 2014

Do you fancy taking up dance but need aren't quite ready to turn up to your local dance studio? Why not take a dance class with two leading hip hop companies, or find your feet at a flamenco class?

Alongside the shows in the Sadler's Sampled season (17 – 29 June), the Sampled workshops are an exciting chance to learn moves by some of the leading dancers and dance makers working today.

Available for youth dancers with little or no experience are classes from Soul Mavericks, ZooNation and Lucia Carusco.

Workshops cost £2 each. To book a workshop, please call the ticket office on 0844 412 4300.

Sadler's Wells Sampled 2014 workshops for ages 12-17 (28 & 29 June)

3.45 – 4.45pm
Hip Hop: ZooNation Dance Company (age range 12 – 17)
Taught by members of the critically acclaimed ZooNation Dance Company, this class will guide you through a range of hip hop styles and introduce you to the unique style of the company's narrative hip hop theatre.

5 – 6pm
Flamenco Youth: Lucia Carusco (age range 12 – 17)
Lucia Caruso is an accomplished flamenco dancer, choreographer and teacher with an international reputation. Her class will focus on body posture, footwork and choreography, with a special focus for younger dancers.

5 – 6pm
Hip Hop Breakin' (age range 12 – 17)
B-Boy Coop from the UK leading b-boy crew Soul Mavericks will teach a varied and exciting breakin' class aiming to increase strength, fitness, flexibility and balance.

Sadler's Wells Sampled

Bringing world class dance to new audiences, Sadler's Sampled is a two week taster festival of dance. In only its second year, Sadler's Sampled allows spectators to get closer to the action with standing tickets from just £8, and activities before and after each show.

Shows in Sadler's Sampled

Want to sample a show at Sadler's Wells starting at £8? Check out the shows coming up as part of the Sampled season!

17 & 18 June
Dada Masilo - Swan Lake 
An intriguing and radical interpretation of a ballet classic.

20 & 21 June
Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre - Rian 
A thrilling dance-gig that sees contemporary dancers perform alongside a live band.

23 & 24 June
Eastman - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - 4D  
An evening of four sublime duets from Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

28 & 29 Jun
Playlist 
A weekend of dance diversity, offering a taster of the best of Sadler's Wells. With Jasmin Vardimon Company, German & Gisela, National Youth Dance Company, Daniel Proietto, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and ZooNation Dance Company who will perform an extract from their new work.

Post date: 05 June 2014

How good has the Breakin' Convention UK tour been? From Sadler's Wells in London on to nine venues across the UK, by the end of the tour over 10,000 people will have witnessed the festival and our touring companies, ILL-Abilities, Ukweli Roach of BirdGang Dance Company, and Wanted Posse. But why should the love have to stop at the end of the tour?

Here's a guide to keeping in touch with the touring companies - make sure you like everyone's page so you can follow them for updates in future!

BirdGang Dance Company (UK)

Ukweli Roach of BirdGang Dance Company is the first ever UK company that Breakin' Convention has toured with – a monumental achievement considering that we hadn't yet taken a UK tour on the road with us for a decade!

All that changed this year though, following Ukweli's incredible take on vices and addictions at Breakin' Convention 2013, we knew more people had to see the work.

Watch Vice again below!

As a company, BirdGang all teach around the UK and the world on individual projects, and are no strangers to the Breakin' Convention stage either. If you want to learn more about them, check out their Lead Where Others Follow documentary, below.

ILL-Abilities (International)

Here to spread the message "No Excuses, No Limits," Lazylegz' crew of differently-abled b-boys has seen standing ovations across the country. Why? Because removing excuses from life can make anything possible.

ILL-Abilities are all exceptional b-boys in their own right, but with Lazylegz, Crazy Kujo, Tommy Guns, Redo and Checho all doing stuff in their own country, it's best to add them on Facebook to see what they're all up to!

Wanted Posse (France) 

If you don't know about Wanted Posse and the impact they've had on French street dance (B-Boy Junior?) then you just don't know! 

As crews and feature-length theatre pieces go, Wanted have been in the game for 20 years and created an unforgettable mix of precise hip hop choreography, comedy and a message of revolution. You won't be forgetting them, especially after the performance of I Believe In A Thing Called Love...

Watch Wanted Posse's Revolution encore 

Post date: 02 May 2014

Sadler's Wells' hip hop dance project Breakin' Convention launches online video channel BCTV to capture the full range of Breakin' Convention's work and the artists it works with, on Friday 2 May 2014.

Breakin' Convention is one of the world's leading hip hop dance organisations, delivering a dynamic programme of events, performances and projects and working with some of the world's finest hip hop artists. It presents Breakin' Convention, a critically acclaimed annual festival of hip hop dance theatre, at Sadler's Wells from 3 - 5 May 2014, ahead of a UK tour.

Click below to subscribe to BCTV on YouTube now!


The hip hop community boasts many talented emerging film-makers, but opportunities to train, develop and receive mentorship are limited. Unpaid work and internships are financially unsustainable for most, which makes progression within the industry difficult.

Breakin' Convention aims to plug this gap by offering training and mentorship coupled with paid, creative film-making briefs. Through providing access to quality equipment and mentors, tailored training programmes and bridging relationships with other film production companies, BCTV is not only a fantastic opportunity for film-makers to make dynamic content but a gateway to the larger industry.

In May and June 2014 Breakin' Convention will tour to Doncaster, Kings Lynn, Inverness, Birmingham, Whitley Bay, Brighton, Bristol, Blackpool and Bournemouth, supported by Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Programme and Dance Consortium.

Emerging film makers from each town on the tour are working closely with Breakin' Convention, film-maker and mentor Ben Dowden and their local theatres to tell unique stories and to create stylised, dynamic and original content for BCTV.

16 Barz In A Bar 

The project is part of Sadler's Wells' work with each regional partner in the tour to ensure a strong legacy beyond the tour. In addition to BCTV, this will include engaging local urban cultural ambassadors who will provide the link between the venue and the local hip hop dance, graffiti, rap and DJ communities.

Breakin' Convention Project Manager Peter Maniam says: “Working with some of the UK's emerging film makers in partnership with the Breakin' Convention UK tour showcases the length and breadth of what we do as a hip hop organisation and will highlight some of our lesser-known projects to a much wider audience.”

BCTV features everything from live performances to interviews, short documentaries, video diaries and conceptual videos, and provides an insight into the world of hip hop dance culture.

Launch content for the channel include 16 Barz in A Bar, working with spoken word artists, poets and MCs performing exclusive verses to camera set in a pub location; Pro-files, featuring interviews with the originators of London's emerging dance scene from the 70s to the present day; and a behind-the-scenes mini documentary exploring Breakin' Convention's artistic development course, Back to the Lab.

Back to the Lab 2014 documentary 

Post date: 26 April 2014

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