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

Post date: 01 March 2015

Breakin' Convention is proud to announce our next Open Art Surgery in London on Saturday 7 March!

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 over the course of one week with mentorship from Jonzi D.

February's Open Art Surgery features BirdGang (Ivan Blackstock), Xena Gusthart, Sigh, Tali & Jack Pointer MacKenzie, The Rebirth Network, Twin Peak, with more to be confirmed.

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 Protocol, 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: Saturday 7 March at 7.45pm

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

Tickets: £5 - BOOK ONLINE or call 0844 412 4300 
Transaction fee applies: £2.50 for telephone bookings, £1.75 for online and concessionary bookings. No charge in person at Ticket Office.

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

Post date: 20 February 2015

Breakin' Convention is pleased to announce that two choreographers we have worked with in the past have been selected by the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund (BBCF) to receive professional guidance thanks to the Marion North Mentoring Award.

Breakin' Convention has partnered with the BBCF which allocate mentoring awards to emerging choreographers to give them the opportunity to gain invaluable advice, support and feedback from established choreographers or dance artists.

In 2015, we are pleased to have selected Botis Seva (Far From the Norm) to be mentored by Hofesh Shechter and Yami 'Rowdy' Lofvenberg to be mentored by Jeanifer Jean Charles.

As an acclaimed choreographer Hofesh understands the importance of having guidance from a young age and the usefulness an outside eye: "I'm looking forward to mentoring Botis - I see in him a seed of enthusiasm, of talent and of a great thirst to learn and progress. I will always be inspired by people with huge ambition to learn. I hope I can ask him the right questions, shine a light where he needs it, and enjoy getting to know him a bit better."

It's a mentoring process Botis can't wait to start. His company, Far From the Norm, is at the forefront of pushing boundaries of hip hop dance theatre with dramatic pieces and clever use of set.

"By having a mentor I can really become aware of where I am currently as an artist and where I would like to be, but more importantly, how I can get there […] I can bridge this gap in my emerging and professional career, and that would help me progress further into the field of a professional artist."

Yami, the second awardee, only recently ventured into hip hop theatre and performed at Breakin' Convention in 2014 following a week of developing of her ideas at Breakin' Convention's Open Art Surgery.  She now seeks the guidance and structure to help her progress further.

"As my mentor have been in the field for a long time I hope to find my own way of becoming successful within myself, using the tools of the trade and getting an insight into a the dance industry and business mind," said Yami. She continued: "Having this opportunity from Breakin' Convention is a huge honour and I feel grateful that they choose to support female hip hop artists and help the scene grow."

Jeanefer has worked on many stadium and large-scale dance events. She too would not have progressed to where she is now were it not for having a mentor.

"As an artist, I feel blessed that I have had mentors at various stages in my life, and have enjoyed the benefits, even when mentoring was not as widely recognised or given the value it deserves," she reflects. "To now be asked to be a mentor is an honour and I hope I will be of great value to my mentee. Our first session is this week and I am very much looking forward to getting started."

The Marion North mentoring scheme was established to target the lack of advice and support from choreographers in the early stage of their careers. Other past winners include Vicki Igbokwe of Uchenna Dance Company and Tony Adigun of Avant Garde Dance Company.

"We are delighted to be working in partnership with Breakin' Convention to support Yami and Botis at this pivotal moment in their careers.  The appointment of such internationally renowned artists will ensure that Yami and Botis can take advantage of their respective expertise to enable them to take their next important creative steps in their continuing artistic journeys. We wish them every success." Maggie Morris, Chair, Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund incorporating the Marion North Mentoring Scheme.

With the help of Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund providing the Mentoring Award, Breakin' Convention continues to nurture UK-based hip hop dance theatre.
For more information on the Marion North Mentoring Award, see www.bonniebird.org/mnma.html

Post date: 28 January 2015

Breakin' Convention is proud to announce our next Open Art Surgery in Doncaster on Saturday 14 February!

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 over the course of one week with mentorship from Jonzi D and Paul Sadot.

February's Open Art Surgery features Anthony Bayou (Limited Edition) Candy (Mighty Zulu Kweenz), DJ Lamour, Rationale, Pierre Lafayette-Marsh (Urban Jokers), Zorro (Ghetlow Pirates / Bunch Of Guys / CBYSquared).

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 Protocol, 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: Saturday 14 February at 7.45pm

Venue: Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU

Tickets: £5.50 (includes 50p per ticket booking charge, not charged if paying by cash) BOOK ONLINE or call 01302 303 959

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

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