Breakin' Convention Presents: Compagnie Niya – Gueules Noires

1 & 2 July 2021 These performances have been cancelled

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

UK Premiere 

Please note these performances have been cancelled. This page will be removed once all bookers have been contacted.

Due to current coronavirus international travel guidelines, including quarantine requirements in the UK and the artists’ home countries, we are very sorry to announce that these performances are cancelled. If you have tickets for these shows, our ticket office will be contacting you directly by email with further information.

Breakin’ Convention, the world's biggest festival of hip hop dance, is back at Sadler’s Wells for its 18th year. The festival opens with a full-length work from choreographer Rachid Hedli.

In Gueules Noire (Black Mouths), Hedli pays a heartfelt tribute to the migrant workers of the The Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin, including his father.

Retracing life in the mines, Cie Niya’s superior breaking and popping skills present images of solidarity, struggle and fraternity. Gueules Noire is a personal tale, inspired by Hedli’s father’s personal memories, connection to his old mining tools, and a retelling of stories precious to the past.

This programme contains haze effects.

Image description: A dim mysterious scene with four dancers. All are doubled over, heading to the right, left arms reaching straight up behind them at a diagonal, right arms folded across the chest. Three men in the background are dimly seen, while the man nearest to us is brightly lit, his head lifted to look off to the right. He’s wearing ordinary street clothes: a grey jacket, dark charcoal-coloured jeans and a black t-shirt.

Image: Compagnie Niya - Gueules Noire © Nadia Herrati

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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