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Breakin’ Convention Presents:The RuggedsState Shift


The Ruggeds State Shift © Emile Vrolijk

About State Shift

State Shift is a performance about adaptability, with the solo Turns and the duet Waterbrothers.

As water changes shape, Lee and Roy change their approach to the floor. In the duet Waterbrothers, they challenge each other in a stream of movements in which the younger brother sometimes storms past the older one.

In the solo Turns, Virgil ‘Skychief’ Dey tries to find his way. His ability to move gives him the freedom to always take a new path. State Shift is an intimate evening with musical accompaniment by Jessy ‘Boi Beige’ Kemper.

About The Ruggeds

We are The Ruggeds: rough around the edges, unpolished, an honest expression of ourselves. Not a team and far more than a crew, we are family. A reflection of a society where we find unity in diversity.

The Ruggeds

The Ruggeds have been a collective of breakers for 15 years and are pushing the boundaries of their dance style in the theatre.

Having a unique style, each member of The Ruggeds is a recognised figure in the breaking scene. Winning numerous battles around the world as both soloist and also as crew, the Ruggeds became world champions in 2014 after winning the UK BBoy Championships.

Besides the battle stage, they have worked with countless international artists such as Madonna, Rita Ora, Justin Bieber, Fedde le Grand and Martin Garrix. They are the reference of breaking in the Dutch industry and have been part of many TV shows like Holland’s Got Talent, Dance Dance Dance and Everybody Dance Now. They have collaborated with brands such as Swatch, Hennessy, Nike, Footlocker and G Star Raw, and events such as The Dutch Design Week, The European Olympic Games, and more. They’ve won the title of “Best Show” several times at BOTY Benelux and The Dance in Zurich.

Their talent and personality brought them on the American TV show World Of Dance Season 2. They bring together their different experiences in performing, choreographing, organising events, producing music and videos, acting and more, in order to create a positive synergy.

Bringing hip hop and breaking to its highest level of creativity to inspire the new generation, is the purpose of The Ruggeds.

Artistic Team & Credits

Artistic Director Roy Overdijk

Turns: Shailesh Bahoran/Roy Overdijk in cooperation with Virgil ‘Skychief’ Dey
Waterbrothers: Roy Overdijk in cooperation with Lee Demierre

Turns: Virgil ‘Skychief’ Dey
Waterbrothers: Lee Demierre and Roy Overdijk

Decor & Light Design Ido Koppenaal, Niek Traa
Composers Jessy ‘Boi Beige’ Kemper, Dominique Vleeshouwers
Graphic Design Klim van de Laarschot (
Photography Rutger Pauw, Tom Bergman
Executive Producer Stichting Rugged Solutions
Artworks BoiBeige X Niels Egidius

Made possible by Fonds Podiumkunsten, Provincie Noord-Brabant and Cultuur Eindhoven

The Ruggeds -State Shift © Emile Vrolijk
The Ruggeds / State Shift © Emile Vrolijk