Breakin’ Convention 2016
Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre, Breakin’ Convention (the International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre), is back, with performances from UK and international companies and crews. Now in its 13th year, this hugely popular Sadler’s Wells Production is once again hosted and curated by Associate Artist Jonzi D.
Currently on a national tour, including King’s Lynn Corn Exchange is happy to welcome back Breakin’ Conevntion on Tuesday 24th May.
Breakin’ Convention has firmly established itself as one of the major highlights on the British dance calendar and one of the world’s greatest celebrations of hip hop culture.
“High marks to Jonzi D, artistic director of the annual festival, and to Sadler’s Wells for continuing to provide a platform for such an astonishing spread of work on both the main stage and in the more intimate Lilian Baylis Studio” – The Times
The tour line-up includes three international acts who were highlights of last year’s festival including France’s Antoinette Gomis, who presents Images, an atmospheric solo inspired by the music of Nina Simone and Civil Rights. Spain’s award-winning Iron Skulls Co crew present the surreal Sinestesia – A dynamic work where these skilled dancers morph into post-apocalyptic survivors. World Champion bboy crew The Ruggeds from the Netherlands will perform the high octane Adrenaline on the National Tour.
The UK line-up also features a number of London-based acts, including hip hop dance crew Myself UK Dance Company. Dancer and choreographer Kloé Dean formed the all-female ensemble in 2008 to promote empowerment, ambition and individuality through the medium of hip hop dance. Last seen at Breakin’ Convention in 2014, Kwame Asafo-Adjei returns to the festival with his company Spoken Movement. The group uses elements of street dance and abstract choreography. Their experimental movement looks to provoke a guttural reaction. They are joined by Pro-Motion, a group of poppers featuring members of street dance troupes Flawless and Plague.
Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D is the founder and Artistic Director of Jonzi D Projects and Breakin’ Convention. A dancer, spoken word artist and director, he is the foremost advocate for hip hop and has changed the profile and influenced the development of the UK British hip hop dance and theatre scene over the last two decades. Jonzi D is a graduate from the London Contemporary Dance School and a former Associate Artist at The Place. He has toured his own work internationally and is regularly invited to judge international dance competitions.
In 2013 he wrote and toured The Letter, a piece about the responses to receiving a nomination for an MBE in 2011, and Broken Lineage in collaboration with Ivan Blackstock.
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King’s Lynn Corn Exchange is happy to welcome back Breakin’ Conevntion on Tuesday 24th May.
The full Breakin’ Convention line-up to be announced Spring 2016. Check www.breakinconvention.com for updates.