Review: Breakin' Convention at Sadler's Wells

Performance: Sat 1 May 2010
Reviewed by Sarah Golding - Tuesday 11 May 2010

The charged energy of Phase T and Hilty & Bosch providing a dynamic shift from the haunting introspective work of Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere and Renegade‘s dance artwork that closed the programme.

At various points during the evening Jonzi D emphasised the technique and training required to perform the complex and physically demanding dance performances on show at Breakin’ Convention. Phase T showcased this expert level of skill with headspins, one handed hand-stands, and a range of other seemingly impossible feats of strength, balance, and agility. However, their work was not about tricks for the sake of tricks. They were exploring how these moves could develop and evolve while remaining grounded in their b-boy roots.

Self-taught 11 year-old Akai gave a brief but impressive turn on the dance floor. His technical skill and natural feel for performance make him one to watch for the future.

The precision of the synchronised performance of Japanese locking duo Hilty and Bosch was a masterclass in timing and technique.

This was an evening demonstrating two almost contrasting yet equally interesting strands of the festival, that of creating theatrical contemporary work, and on the other side looking instrinsically at the movement style itself pushing the boundaries to see where this technique can go.

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