News: Breakin' Convention 08

Tuesday 29 April 2008

Breakin’ Convention is back again this May Bank Holiday weekend for the fifth International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre.

Over three days there’s the chance to catch performances by poppers, lockers, b-boys and b-girls from Brazil, Austria, Korea, USA, Japan, France, Russia and Denmark, as well as a selection of homegrown UK talent, selected by hip hop artist Jonzi D, Director of Breakin Convention. Some of the acts have appeared in previous years of the festival, whilst others are performing in the UK for the first time.

If you’ve never been before, its safe to say you probably haven’t experienced anything quite like it. Performances take place in the main theatre – but seats aren’t numbered and you’re free to come and go as you like – and there are also performances in the smaller Lilian Baylis theatre and in the studios. There’s also graffiti art in one of the courtyards, DJs in the foyers and a huge variety of workshops to take part in. A weekend pass for £48 (under 18s and concessions £27) allows you to come and go as you want over the whole weekend – a day pass is £20. (concessions £12).

On Saturday Brazilian company Membros top the bill with Febre (Fever), which is about the damage resulting from social apartheid and corruption in inner city Brazil. Also on Saturday, one of the pioneers of locking, Tony GoGo appears with his sons the GoGo Brothers. Originally from Los Angeles they are now based in Japan and this will be their first European performance.

Sunday brings Denmark’s Mr Steen with an excerpt of his version of the *Nutcracker* featuring an all-star line up from across the globe, including a ballet dancer from the Royal Danish Ballet – and the return of Nobulus from Austria who were a big hit at last years Breakin’ Convention.

After another packed day on Monday Korea’s Project Soul present dance-troupe MyoSung as the grande finale and close of Breakin’ Convention 08.

To book tickets click here. There are still some tickets left – but Breakin’ Convention usually sells out – so its worth booking quickly.

Related article….
Jonzi D explains why hip hop is finding its place in UK theatres,

“For people to see hop-hop as a cultured art form, it’s vital to have a platform like Sadler’s Wells. Now lots of theatres are looking to programme hip-hop dance theatre because it brings in a new audience and energy.”

Read the full article, Ian Burrell, Independent, 28 April.08

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