Breakin' Convention (Photo: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Breakin’ Convention celebrates landmark 15th year at Sadler’s

By Robin Johnson, Published February 19, 2018

Breakin’ Convention, the renowned Sadler’s Wells project, will celebrate a landmark 15 years entertaining London theatregoers this May, featuring an extended programme looking back over the hip hop dance festival’s achievements.

In a programme put together by Artistic Director and hip hop theatre pioneer Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention ’18 looks forward to the future and possibilities of the medium’s culture. The festival takes over the whole of Sadler’s Wells from Saturday 5 – Monday 7 May this year.

Renowned for showcasing high calibre and diverse representations of hip hop dance theatre from across the globe, the Breakin’ Convention 2018 programme also features live music via Jazz re:freshed, the prestigious live jazz organisation, also celebrating its 15th anniversary. An ensemble of 15 leading jazz musicians provide original soundscapes to accompany newly commissioned works from dancers to mark both festivals’ illustrious histories.

The line-up includes Olivier Award-winning Boy Blue Entertainment and The Locksmiths from London, Netherlands-based b-boy crew The Ruggeds, French hip hop freestyle dancer Mufasa and even Jonzi D himself, premiering new work to a score composed by Jazz re:freshed’s Musical Director Jason Yarde.

Jonzi D

Jonzi D

Jonzi D says: “15 years in the game but it still feels so fresh! Every collaboration, every commission, every new project opens up new avenues of expression for hip hop culture. This natural synergy with Jazz:Refreshed will take our theatrical practice to another level.”

During the festival, Sadler’s Wells’ foyer will once again be transformed so that audiences can enjoy dance workshops, live graffiti, award-winning hip hop DJs, MCs and impromptu dance circles spilling out all over the building, creating an unforgettable and inclusive experience for all ages.

Once again this year’s festival is hosted and curated by Jonzi D and co-hosted with BSL interpreter, Jacqui Beckford.

More information can be found on the Breakin’ Convention website.

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