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Breakin’ Convention International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre

On tour

Four hip hop dancers onstage, one does a flip off another's back
Breakin’ Convention is the critically acclaimed festival of hip hop dance theatre which has been running at Sadler’s Wells since 2004. Featuring the best hip hop dance theatre performers from around the world and around the corner, Breakin’ Convention has toured all over the UK and presented two massively successful runs at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.

Sadler’s Wells’ annual festival of hip hop dance theatre is back for its 19th year, platforming cutting-edge dance rooted in the streets and presented on stage.

Expect bright lights, loud music and colourful costumes coming together in an annual Sadler’s Wells event that will excite and entertain the whole family, whether it’s their first time attending the theatre or the fiftieth.

Breakin’ Convention is far more than just a show – arrive early for activities in the foyers, including live DJs, dance circles, have-a-go graffiti, popular improvisation-based warm-up show Freestyle Funk Forum, workshops with the artists and much more you can watch and try.

The line up is packed with talent, featuring internationally renowned Australian choreographer and b-boy Nick Power, who presents his piece Between Tiny Cities. Dancers Aaron Lim and Erak Mith perform the duet in the round, blending the raw, wild energy of b-boy battles with skilful improvisation and choreography, offering a cross-cultural perspective on style, culture and locality.

Compagnie Niya bring Gueules Noires, choreographed by Rachid Hedli, the work pays a heartfelt tribute to the migrant workers of the Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin, including his father. Retracing life in the mines, Compagnie Niya’s razor-sharp breaking and popping skills create evocative images of solidarity, struggle and fraternity.

Ukrainian contortionist and dancer Kate Luzan makes her Breakin’ Convention debut with her striking take on hip hop, and she does it all in her signature high heels. London based dance artist and performance maker Amanda Pefkou performed in Breakin’ Convention’s Open Art Surgery in 2021 and presents a passionate krump piece inspired by her Cypriot lineage as well as her mother.

Full line up to be announced soon, tickets for the Friday night performances of Compagnie Niya will be available to buy in the coming weeks.

After 2 years of restrictions, I’m happy to say Breakin’ Convention is back with a full international program featuring premieres from Peru, Ukraine, and Czech Republic! Also proudly presenting a variety of award-winning UK acts. I look forward to the DJs, the dance cyphers, and all the immersive elements of Breakin’ Convention that we’ve missed so much.JONZI D, BREAKIN’ CONVENTION ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

What I love most about Breakin’ Convention is the sheer breadth of artistry on offer★★★★★ THE TIMES

From new styles to accepted masters, it’s a festival with sharp moves and a happy sense of community★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT

Breakin’ Convention confirms hip hop as one of the social and artistic forces of our timeTHE GUARDIAN

It’s clear that the event’s reputation as an instrument for positive cultural engagement across class, gender, racial – as well as the geographical – lines is well earned; not just in relation to those on stage, but in regard to those who make-up the audience.AFRIDIZIAK

Get in touch

If you’re interested in booking this production for a venue or festival, we’d love to hear from you.

Bia Oliveira
Head of Producing & Touring
bia.oliveira@sadlerswells.com

Aristea Charalampidou
Tour Producer
aristea.charalampidou@sadlerswells.com