Open Art Surgery - Wales

Breakin’ Convention with RCT Theatres and Avant Cymru present Open Art Surgery, where hip hop is dissected, examined and put under the microscope.

Key info

Open Art Surgery is FREE to take part in
Thursday 31 January 2019
- Deadline
Monday 18 - Friday 22 March 2019 - Project takes place
Venue: Park & Dare Theatre, Station Rd, Treorchy CF42 6NL

Participants must be fully available for all these dates and hours.


Whether dancer, rapper, DJ, spoken word artist or graff writer - bring your art, bring your creative side and create something new.

Spend one week working with hip hop theatre pioneer Jonzi D, creating work before performing it in front of a live audience at the Park & Dare Theatre, then answer questions from the audience and get feedback on how to refine it further. Take your hip hop artistry and dare to do something new. Participation is free.

About Open Art Surgery

Open Art Surgery is hip hop theatre dissected, examined and put under the microscope.  It is about breaking down the fourth wall and showcasing raw talent and new work.

It offers hip hop theatre companies and performers, from dancers and musicians to emcees and visual artists, the opportunity to develop and experiment with new ideas, share new work publicly and receive mentorship from experienced hip hop theatre creators.

Participants spend one week workshopping and devising with mentors Jonzi D. With no pressure on an end product, Open Art Surgery allows artists to take creative risks, try something different or to test ideas.

At the end of the week, participants share and discuss their work with a live performance hosted by Jonzi D. Taking place in the intimate theatre space of Park & Dare Theatre, Jonzi invites the audience to question and critique the brand new work shown, giving audience members the opportunity to get inside the minds of the artists, and giving artists themselves the unique opportunity to question their audience.

Work that has appeared at Open Art Surgery has gone on to be performed at The Place, Just Jam, Edinburgh Fringe and nationally and internationally as part of the Breakin' Convention International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre.

About Avant Cymru

Avant is an associate company of RCT Theatres, working in partnership to make forward thinking theatre for the community and showcasing work locally, nationally and internationally by using theatre to create platforms for conversation, remembering the past, discussing the present and creating the future.

Hip hop theatre is an important element of their work, alongside teaching workshops, hosting jams, pushing hip hop and theatre to new limits in shows which really have something to say.

Privacy Notice

All data collected through the application form will be processed in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (EU) and the Data Protection Act (440).  Data collected will be used by Breakin’ Convention and Avant Cymru for the following:

  • To inform participants of any change in dates, time or venue;

  • For administrative purposes;

  • To understand the profile of participants;

  • Footage and photography will be used for archiving and marketing purposes.

Personally identifiable data collected through this form will be deleted after the project has ended. Data in the form of footage and photography will be stored indefinitely.