Posted on March 7, 2019
The annual celebration of hip hop, Breakin’ Convention returns to Sadler’s Wells and the Lilian Baylis Studio over the May bank holiday. A Sadler’s Wells Project, the international festival, now in its 16th year, takes place on May 4–5, showcasing hip hop dance and theatre talent.
Hosted and curated by Sadler’s Wells associate artist Jonzi D, the festival offers the chance to watch top breaking crews, innovative popping, creative krump and soulful house dance.
This year the diverse line-up includes a number of Breakin’ Convention debuts and pieces programmed as a result of Breakin’ Convention’s development initiatives.
Olivier Award-winning Boy Blue Entertainment return to the Sadler’s Wells stage for the 15th time, as B-boy Junior, amongst YouTube’s most watched b-boy of all time, teams up with Greek popper Kalliopi Tarasidou to bring his moves to the festival. Leading the way is all-female poppers AIM Collective and 16-year-old b-girl Logistx, whilst Joshua Nash and Jordan Douglas explore the concept of toxic masculinity with their krump duet.
Breakin’ Convention artistic director, Jonzi D, said: “Breakin’ Convention is back in the game for the 16th year running, and still just as exciting as the first. The festival is such a fantastic opportunity to see the best, rawest hip hop around.”
Attendees can experience hip hop culture throughout the Sadler’s Wells building with a variety of taster sessions, workshops and free activities on offer. The space will be transformed to allow audiences to enjoy dance workshops, live graffiti, award-winning hip hop DJs, MCs and impromptu dance circles all over the building. BSL interpreter Jacqui Beckford returns to co-host all Sadler’s Wells stage performances.
WorX, a distinctive adults-only hip hop cabaret evening kicks off the festivities on May 3 in the Lilian Baylis Studio, with an array of dance, circus and poetry.
The ever-popular Park Jam closes the long weekend with a fantastic free outdoor event suitable for families on May 6 in Spa Fields Park.
For more information on the line-up, including news and updates, click here.
Main image: The Locksmiths at Breakin’ Convention. Photograph by Belinda Lawley