Sharon Reid

 

With another bank holiday quickly approaching, what are your plans? Picnic in the park? Or perhaps a barbecue at the beach? Although rain isn’t forecast – thank ye gods! The modest temperatures will not exactly inspire sunbathing.

If you are looking for something that doesn’t require being at the mercy of our (sometimes) unforgiving weather then a trip to this years’ Breakin’ Convention beckons. Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop features performances from dance companies and hip hop crews. Now in its 14th year, this hugely popular Sadler’s Wells Production is once again hosted and curated by Associate Artist Jonzi D. Following the annual festival at Sadler’s Wells over the May bank holiday – Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May, Breakin’ Convention will then tour for a second consecutive year, to nine venues across the UK until early June 2017; this marks Breakin’ Convention’s seventh UK tour.

Breakin’ Convention has firmly established itself as one of the major highlights on the British dance calendar and one of the world’s greatest celebrations of hip hop culture.

The London festival on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April sees Sadler’s Wells’ foyer transformed – think 80’s style block party with DJs, freestyle dance jams, graffiti exhibitions, workshops from top international artists and live aerosol art. The participatory activities take place pre-show and during the interval.11206_1_thumbnail_746x498_page1_95461

The tour line-up includes Soweto Skeleton Movers, a highlight of last year’s festival; the group returns by popular demand. Mixing comedic contortion-ism with the Pantsula dance style native to the townships of South Africa and performing to Kwaito music, a form of Afro house and the soundtrack of the liberation struggle.

Joining them on tour is Canadian group Tentacle Tribe. Founded in 2012, the Montreal-based dance company creates uncommon 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 recently performed at Breakin’ Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Completing the international line up is Just Dance from South Korea. Under the artistic direction of B-Boy Ducky of the Drifterz Crew, Just Dance presents an updated version of Korean shamanistic mask performance. Live Korean drumming accompanies a crew of body poppers and b-boys, many of whom have world titles to their name. Earlier in 2016 the group also performed at Breakin’ Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The London dates mark their Breakin’ Convention UK premiere.

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.11196_1_thumbnail_746x498_page1_95361

For the fifth consecutive year Breakin’ Convention takes it back to the roots of hip hop on bank holiday Monday 1st May with Park Jam, an outdoor party suitable for all the family in Spa Fields Park.

Try breaking boring Bank Holiday traditions this year by unleashing your inner b-boy/b-girl at Sadler’s Wells Breakin’ Convention. Tickets from £15, to book please call the Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or visit: www.sadlerswells.com.