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A Sadler’s Wells Project

Breakin’ Convention 2017

Nov 4 - Nov 5, 2017
• DANCE
Run Time: To come
Ticket Price: Starts at: $20
Age Recommendation: 7+
Advisory: To come

Breakin’ Convention is the world's biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre showcasing the very best from around the world and around the corner.

Curated and hosted by UK hip hop pioneer Jonzi D, this is an awe inspiring weekend of exceptional performances from world champion b-boy crews to cutting edge street dance companies - live on stage.

Spilling off stage and taking over the whole building, dance workshops, graffiti, DJs, and freestyle sessions make Breakin’ Convention an unforgettable experience for all the family.

Starring international companies Protocol (UK), Salah (France), Soweto Skeleton Movers (South Africa) and Yeah Yellow (France) and local line up to be announced soon - watch this page for more info!

Jonzi D is the founder and Artistic Director of Jonzi D Projects and Breakin’ Convention. A dancer, spoken word artist and director, he is the foremost advocate for hip hop who has changed the profile and influenced the development of the UK British hip hop dance and theatre scene over the last two decades

Special student matinee on Friday, November 3 at 11am.
Contact groupsales@dcpa.org for more information.

Breaking and Power Moves Simo Croc
Breaking and Power Moves Simo Croc
Nov 4 | 9:00am
Cost: $20
Location: The Studio Loft at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
1400 Curtis St, Denver 80202

Simo Croc (Yeah Yellow, France) has a reputation as one of the best power move bboys in the world thanks to his inventive moves and has won numerous competitions because of his unique style. This workshop focuses on breaking and power moves.

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Freestyle Hip Hop Steve Lelong
Freestyle Hip Hop Steve Lelong
Nov 4 | 10:30am
Cost: $20
Location: The Studio Loft at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
1400 Curtis St, Denver 80202

A lively freestyle hip hop workshop from world champion winner of Juste Debout. Steve Lelong (Yeah Yellow, France) has developed a unique technic of improvisation that mixes mixing hip hop gesture and contact technique, drawing from his experience of working with choreographers from varied dance disciplines.

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Jonzi D
Jonzi D, Artistic Director of Breakin’ Convention

Jonzi D is the founder and Artistic Director of Breakin’ Convention.

A dancer, spoken word artist and director, he is the foremost advocate for hip hop theatre who has changed the profile and influenced the development of the British hip hop dance and theatre scene over the last two decades.

He has been actively involved in British hip hop culture, rapping and bboying since its genesis. Since graduating from the London Contemporary Dance School, Jonzi has been committed to the development of hip hop theatre, performing and creating dance theatre pieces around the world. Early works include Lyrikal Fearta (1995) and Aeroplane Man (1999). Jonzi D Productions was an Associate Company of Sadler’s Wells from 2004 – 2010, through which Jonzi devised and directed TAG… Just Writing My Name (2006), IVAN (2006) and Markus the Sadist, a rap theatre piece (2009).
In 2013, Jonzi created The Letter, a critically acclaimed solo responding to receiving a nomination for an MBE award in 2011, and Broken Lineage, in collaboration with Ivan Blackstock.

Since 2004 Jonzi D has been Artistic Director for Breakin’ Convention and has triumphed in raising the profile and giving a platform to hip hop disciplines, which has gained worldwide recognition as being at the vanguard of the development of the art form. Through professional development projects Open Art Surgery and Back to the Lab, Jonzi has supported hundreds of hip hop dance and rap/poetry artists on their journey to creating theatre. Jonzi is a leading British artistic ambassador. He has toured his own work internationally and has been engaged by the British Council to work on several projects including East London, West Sydney which he directed for the Sydney Festival in 2010. In 2015 he featured on TEDx Warwick and spoke at European Commission forum on creativity and diversity.

Jonzi’s TV credits include Def Poetry Jam (HBO); Faking It (Channel 4); screening of his short films Silence da Bitchin’ and Aeroplane Man (Channel 4); creative consultant on LWT’s South Bank Show special documenting the art and culture of hip hop; One Man Walking (Channel 4); presenting 4Dance for Channel 4 television and was the performance mentor for Urban Classic at Hackney Empire.

Protocol Dance Company
Protocol Dance Company, Protocol Dance Company

Protocol Dance Company was founded in 2008 by choreographers and co-artistic directors Lanre Malaolu and Jared Garfield. Lanre and Jared first met attending the renowned Anna Scher Theatre School in North London. As well as acting they developed a combined love for dance, training weekly with a community of dancers at the Kings Crescent Estate in Finsbury Park. This love eventually became the birth of Protocol.

Protocol has evolved from a competitive street dance group to an established dance theatre company – but their core ethos has never changed. At the heart of Protocol is innovation and risk. The group are constantly experimenting with movement to create fresh and dynamic pieces of theatre.

Protocol’s creative fluidity means that they don’t subscribe to any one traditional form of dance. The group use a fusion of techniques, including street styles such as popping, hip hop, and krump, along with physical theatre, to create their own unique language of movement.

Credits include: Breakin’ Convention (Sadler’s Wells), Signatures (Leicester Curve) and The Wilderness Festival.

In 2014 Protocol were international winners of ‘Festival HOP’, an annual dance festival held in Barcelona (Mercat De Lesflors).

Salah
Salah, Salah

A living legend in the world of hip hop dance, this consummate performer is a master popper, locker, b-boy, clown and all round entertainer. After his award winning performances all over the world Salah returns to the Breakin’ Convention stage after a seven year hiatus that has seen him work with Cirque Du Soleil, Puma & David Blaine among others.

Soweto Skeleton Movers
Soweto Skeleton Movers, Soweto Skeleton Movers

From the most notorious township on the African continent comes the Soweto Skeleton Movers. The audience highlight of Breakin’ Convention 2016 returns with a brand new show. Experts in a particular form of pantsula dance developed by Skeleton Mover pioneer Jabulani, the crew use comedic contortionism, frenetic footwork, and magical hat tricks that astound and amaze! In Soweto in the 1950s, commuters developed a dance style known as ‘isparapara’ inspired by their jumping on and off of moving trains. This was mixed with tap dance and later became known as Pantsula. More than a dance, Pantsula is a lifestyle. Influences can be seen in jazz, breaking, popping, house and bone breaking.

Yeah Yellow
Yeah Yellow, Yeah Yellow

Founded in 2012 by dancers Kami and Bee D, Yeah Yellow are a multidisciplinary hip hop dance group from France. Since their inception they have performed and battled internationally, representing France with numerous titles under their belt.

To them their obsession with the colour yellow color represents the Sun, the Force, and the Light – a collective of dancing Jedi Knights showcasing their creativity, originality and “joie de vivre”, whatever style they dance, whether hip hop or breaking.

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