Open Art Surgery London
7:30 pm19:30

Open Art Surgery London


Open Art Surgery invites you to delve into the mind and souls of some of the UK’s finest hip hop artists as they dare to try something new, dangerous and exciting!

Artists present brand new short works devised and developed in just one week with mentorship from hip hop theatre aficionados Jonzi D, Ivan Blackstock and Anthony Lennon.

This unique event, which takes place at the end of a week of intense research and development, presents six new works to the audience who are then invited to critique, feedback and ask questions to the artists involved.

Open Art Surgery is not about presenting finished work. The focus is to develop theatre skills within hip hop artists and to experiment with new ideas that could be developed further in the future.

Breaking down of the fourth wall to allow the audience to engage with the artists, Open Art Surgery is an unmissable event in the Breakin’ Convention calendar.

Hosted by Jonzi D

Line-up: The Archetype, Frankie J., Lionel, Moving Mountains, Sekou & Harvey, Shay D.

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


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Breakin' Convention Presents Yaman Okur’s 1mm Au Dessus Du Sol
to 28 Sep

Breakin' Convention Presents Yaman Okur’s 1mm Au Dessus Du Sol


Following the presentation of Pierre Rigal’s acclaimed Scandale in Autumn 2018, Breakin’ Convention: Presents returns with 1mm Au Dessus Du Sol (1mm above the ground) from acclaimed French choreographer Yaman Okur in collaboration with Jean-Philippe Collard Neven.

Yaman is a master of illusion. Having first performed at Breakin’ Convention 2010 as part of Pro Phenomen he is widely recognised as one of the most innovative b-boys in the world. Adept at experimentation with objects, he uses props very creatively and is able to adapt to his environment very cleverly.

For 1mm Au Dessus Du Sol he will work with a live classical pianist, returning to his beginnings as a dancer trying to enter the ranks of society far from his dreams. Using his unique style of breaking, musicality and various props, Yaman will appear to float, levitate and seamlessly travel in front of your very eyes.

Breakin’ Convention Presents is a platform for the finest hip hop theatre-makers to showcase full- length works, as well as welcoming creations by contemporary choreographers working with street dance forms.


Performance Times

Fri & Sat at 8pm
Age guidance: 10+

Running time

1 hr (no interval)


£15: students, over 60s, under 18s

Transaction fee applies: £3 Transaction fee for online and telephone bookings.
No transaction fee when booking in person at Ticket Office.

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Breakin' Convention 2020 UK Tour
to 6 Jun

Breakin' Convention 2020 UK Tour

Breakin' Convention continues to bring the best in hip hop theatre to people around the globe.

In 2020, Breakin’ Convention will tour the UK, bringing acclaimed international dance crews and local dance companies together on one stage, representing the finest dancers from around the world and around the corner!

Sat 2 - Sun 3 May LONDON Sadler's Wells
Wed 6 May DONCASTER Cast
Sat 9 May POOLE Lighthouse
Tue 12 - Wed 13 May PLYMOUTH Theatre Royal
Sat 16 May BLACKPOOL Grand
Tue 19 May SOUTH SHIELDS Customs House
Fri 22 - Sat 23 May NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall
Wed 27 May BRIGHTON Dome
Fri 29 - Sat 30 May NORWICH Theatre Royal
Tue 2 - Wed 3 Jun BIRMINGHAM Rep
Sat 6 Jun CANTERBURY Marlowe Theatre

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Hip Hop Theatre One Week Workshop - Part of EAST Education - Summer School 2019
to 9 Aug

Hip Hop Theatre One Week Workshop - Part of EAST Education - Summer School 2019

Take a varied and interactive 5-day workshop spanning rap, grime, music, theatre skills and dramaturgy as you work on producing a creative project of your own. Taking part is FREE.


About EAST Education – Summer School 2019

EAST Education Summer School is taking place at Here East this Summer. We are inviting 13 – 16 years olds from the local area to take part in our exciting free Summer School which will be taking place from 29 July – 9 August. 

At Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, we are creating a new exciting cultural and education district - East Bank - which will see UCL, UAL’s London College of Fashion, the BBC, Sadler’s Wells and the V&A in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution expand their offer to east London. Ahead of these world class institutions arriving here, they wish to work with local young people in east London as part of this high quality summer school programme.

This free Summer School will give 13 – 16 year olds the chance to try something new and develop skills and knowledge in fashion, printmaking, rap/dance and archaeology. Take a look at the Summer School offer and decide which courses you would like to take part in. 

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