Posted on February 17, 2022
Breakin’ Convention 2022, Sadler’s Wells’ annual festival of hip hop dance theatre, is back for its 19th year from April 29 to May 1, 2022. This year’s festival features UK and international artists in a line-up of talent hosted by Sadler’s Wells associate artist and Breakin’ Convention founder and artistic director, Jonzi D. In true Breakin’ Convention tradition, audiences are encouraged to arrive early for activities in the foyers including live DJ sets from award-winning mixmasters, panel discussions, impromptu dance circles, graffiti art, plus dance workshops with artists.
This year’s festival features Australian choreographer and b-boy Nick Power, who presents his piece Between Tiny Cities in the Lilian Baylis Studio. Dancers Aaron Lim and Erak Mith perform the duet in the round, blending the raw energy of b-boy battles with skilful improvisation and choreography, offering a cross-cultural perspective on style, culture and locality. Between Tiny Cities is performed as part of a UK tour.
Compagnie Niya arrives at Breakin’ Convention with 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 to original music by Romual Houziaux.
Ukrainian contortionist and dancer Kate Luzan makes her Breakin’ Convention debut with her striking take on hip hop, adding her signature moves in high heels into the mix. Luzan has performed across fashion campaigns and commercials, as well as on multiple dance television shows including So You Think You Can Dance Ukraine. 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. Further details on the full line-up will be announced shortly.
Breakin’ Convention artistic director, Jonzi D, said: “After two years of restrictions, I’m happy to say Breakin’ Convention is back with a full international programme 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.”
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Pictured: Between Tiny Cities. Photograph: Prudence Upton.