Breakin’ Convention ‘16
International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre
Sadler’s Wells & Lilian Baylis Studio, EC1R
Friday 29 April - Monday 2 May 2016

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“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

Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre, Breakin’ Convention, is back, with performances from UK and international companies and crews. Now in its 13th year, this hugely popular Sadler’s Wells Project is once again hosted and curated by Associate Artist Jonzi D. Following the annual festival at Sadler’s Wells over the May bank holiday, Breakin’ Convention will then tour to eight venues across the UK throughout May until Wednesday 1 June 2016.

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.

Friday 29 April features a work in progress sharing of Vicycle by Birdgang Dance Company in the Lilian Baylis Studio. Revolving around the inner struggles of ambition, addiction and grief. The piece follows one man’s pursuit of an ‘ideal’ and the compromises he is willing to make to reach it. In its first incarnation, the piece appeared at Breakin’ Convention in 2013. The work will be developed as part of Breakin' Convention's long-term vision of supporting, commissioning and producing new hip hop theatre.

The main London festival on Saturday 30 April & Sunday 1 May sees Sadler’s Wells’ foyer transformed with live DJs, freestyle dance jams, graffiti exhibitions, workshops from top international artists and live aerosol art. The participatory activities take place pre-show and during the interval.

The bank holiday 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. Antoinette’s signature style originates from her background as a founder member of the all-female Zamounda crew from Paris. Spain’s award-winning Iron Skulls Co. presents the surreal Sinestesia – A dynamic work where these skilled dancers morph into post-apocalyptic survivors. World Champion b-boy crew The Ruggeds from Holland will perform the high octane Adrenaline, last seen at Breakin’ Convention in 2015.

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The UK line-up also features World Street Dance Champions and Britain’s Got Talent finalists Flawless return to the Sadler’s Wells stage for the first time since their last appearance in 2008.They are joined by a number of London-based acts, including hip hop dance crew Myself UK Dance Company. Dancer and choreographer Kloe Dean formed the all-female ensemble in 2008 to promote empowerment, ambition and individuality through the medium of hip hop dance. Kwame Asafo-Adjei returns to the festival with his company Spoken Movement. The group uses elements of street dance and abstract choreography to provoke a guttural reaction. They are joined by Pro-Motion, a supergroup of poppers featuring members of street dance troupes Flawless and Plague.

Many acts in the 2016 line-up developed work as part of Breakin’ Convention initiatives Open Art Surgery and Back To The Lab.

For the fourth year running Breakin’ Convention takes it back to the roots of hip hop on bank holiday Monday 2 May with Park Jam, an outdoor party suitable for all the family in Spa Fields Park.

Friday 29 April
Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells:

Birdgang Dance Company (UK)

Saturday 30 April
Sadler’s Wells Main Stage:

Flawless (UK)
Myself UK Dance Company (UK)
The Locksmiths (UK)
Pro-Motion (UK)
Protocol Dance Company (UK)
Take 1 (UK)
Wayward Thread (UK)
Bandidas (France)
BBoyizm (Canada)
Damon Frost (US/Sweden)
Soweto Skeleton Movers (South Africa)

Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells:
House of Absolute (UK)
Spoken Movement (UK)

Sunday 1 May
Sadler’s Wells Main Stage:

Boy Blue Entertainment (UK)
Daughters of the Dragon (UK)
Antoinette Gomis (France)
Bandidas (France)
Enfants Prodiges (France)
Iron Skulls Co. (Spain)
The Ruggeds (Holland)
Soweto Skeleton Movers (South Africa)

Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells:
David Judge and Kendra Horsburgh (UK)
Far From The Norm (UK)
Kieran Warner (UK)

Breakin’ Convention ’16 embarks on its seventh National tour after the May bank holiday performances at Sadler’s Wells, taking in eight venues across the UK including newcomers Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham and Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury. This has been made possible following a grant from Arts Council England.

Info: For further details on the Breakin’ Convention 2016 tour visit the Sadler's Wells website / Breakin Convention '16 International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre, Sadler's Wells & Lilian Baylis Studio, EC1R / Friday 29 April - Monday 2 May 2016 / Performances: Fri 8pm; Sat & Sun doors open 4pm, Show 6pm / Tickets: Fri 29 April: £5 | Sat 30 April & Sun 1 May £15 - £24 (£17 concessions) / Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or

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