Sadler’s Wells’ international festival of hip hop dance theatre, Breakin’ Convention, is back for its 14th year and will feature performances from UK and international companies and crews. It will once again be hosted and curated by Associate Artist Jonzi D over the May bank holiday before embarking on a tour around nine venues across the UK until early June 2017.
The festival will see Sadler’s Wells’ foyer transformed with DJs, freestyle dance jams, graffiti exhibitions and workshops from top international artists, as well as live aerosol art. There will also be a range participatory activities that will take place before the shows and during the intervals.
The includes Soweto Skeleton Movers, a highlight of last year’s festival who will be mixing comedic contortionism with the Pantsula dance style native to South Africa. This act will perform to Kwaito music, a form of Afro house and the soundtrack of the liberation struggle.
Joining them will be Canadian group Tentacle Tribe. Founded in 2012, the Montreal-based dance company creates dance works with a contemporary twist using conceptual hip hop and influences from all types of earthly creatures. The duo’s work experiments with intricate partnering, refined musicality and physical choreography. Tentacle Tribe also recently performed at Breakin’ Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Completing the international line up are Just Dance from South Korea. Under the artistic direction of B-Boy Ducky of the Drifterz Crew, Just Dance presents an updated vision of Korean shamanistic mask performance. Live Korean drumming will accompany a crew of “poppers and b-boys”, many of whom have world titles to their name. Earlier in 2016 the group performed at Breakin’ Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina and the London dates mark their Breakin’ Convention UK premiere.
For the first time, there will also a pre-show site specifically for the performance in The Kahn by Michaela Cisarikova, who is the founder and artistic director of MCDC. Since 2014 the group has curated and produced their own evening MCDC Night and MCDC Triple Bill in London, which has gone on to tour Slovakia and Czech Republic.
The festival also features work from artists who have taken part in Open Art Surgery and Back To The Lab, Breakin’ Convention’s professional development platforms.
Breakin’ Convention ’17, International Festival Of Hip Hop Dance Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and Lilian Baylis Studio, Rosebery Avenue, Pentonville, EC1R, Saturday April 29 to Monday May 1, 6pm, details: 020 7863 8000, sadlerswells.com