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Breakin' Convention

International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre from Sadler's Wells and Jonzi D

June 23 - 25, 2017

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Park Jam

JUN 25 | FREE OUTDOOR PARK JAM AT DAVID PECAUT SQUARE
1–6 PM
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There will be further afternoon free activity announced for the Friday and Saturday.

★★★★★/5 The dancing is spectacular: one-handed hops, explosive, dizzying upside-down spins
– THE INDEPENDENT

This festival within a festival will transform Toronto for an entire weekend.
 
The world’s biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre, showcasing the very best from around the world and around the corner, is coming to Canada for the first time. Curated and hosted by UK hip hop pioneer Jonzi D, this awe inspiring weekend features exceptional performances from world champion b-boy and b-girl crews to cutting edge street dance companies. Headline programming includes two evening main stage performances featuring some of Canada’s best hip-hop companies – Juxtapose, LockUnity, and RoyaLazyness – and Toronto’s own Footnotes, JHHA Performance Company, Involuntary Movement, Tense Image, and The Surgeons performing alongside renowned international acts Just Dance (South Korea), Soweto Skeleton Movers (South Africa), and BirdGang Dance Company (UK) on the Sony Centre stage. Programming will continue to be updated.

Spilling off stage and taking over the whole building, the Sony Centre lobbies and surrounding areas will be transformed with DJs, Cypher Floors, graffiti, art  exhibits, free-style sessions, and workshops from top international and local artists. It’s an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Breakin’ Convention creator Jonzi D, a dancer, spoken word artist and director, is the foremost advocate for hip hop, and has changed the profile and influenced the development of the UK hip hop dance and theatre scene over the last two decades. Supporting Jonzi D will be Toronto’s local hip hop rep Judi Lopez, founder and project director of KeepRockinYou. The two recently collaborated on Open Art Surgery at Toronto’s Harbourfront and are bringing their magic back to Toronto in June.

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A Sadler’s Wells London project presented by the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in association with Luminato

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada with special funding and support from the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and Celebrate Ontario.

Reviews

“ONE HELLUVA WEEKEND”
– Time Out
“One of the world’s leading showcases of hip-hop dance and dance theatre… ★★★★”
– The Guardian
“Breakin' Convention confirms hip-hop as one of the social and artistic forces of our time.”
– The Guardian
“Breakin' Convention is the best cultural experience in London”
– BBC London Radio
“★★★★★/5 The dancing is spectacular: one-handed hops, explosive, dizzying upside-down spins”
– The Independent
“The best in hip-hop dance theatre on stages”
– Exclaim!

Artists

South Africa - Soweto Skeleton Movers
South Africa Soweto Skeleton Movers
South Africa - Soweto Skeleton Movers
South Africa
Soweto Skeleton Movers

From the most notorious township on the African continent comes the Soweto Skeleton Movers. Experts in a particular form of pantsula dance developed by Skeleton Mover pioneer Jabulani, the crew use comedic contortionism, frenetic footwork, and magical hat tricks that astound and amaze! They will perform Children of the Playground.

6 dancers

15 minutes

South Korea - Just Dance
South Korea Just Dance
South Korea - Just Dance
South Korea
Just Dance

B-Boy Ducky leads this squad of b-boys from Korea’s most infamous crews, known for winning world titles over the last 15 years. The 7 Human Emotions features live drumming and traditional Korean masks in a presentation of ancient culture with a hip hop remix.

7 dancers, 1 musician

20 minutes

UK - BirdGang Dance Company
UK BirdGang Dance Company
UK - BirdGang Dance Company
UK
BirdGang Dance Company

A powerful piece of filmic hip hop dance theatre from young British choreographer and performer, Ukweli Roach. Revolving around the inner struggle of addictions Vice follows one man’s pursuit of an ‘ideal’; the type of person he wants to become, the type of woman he wants to be with, and whether he can overcome his addictions to reach this ideal. Roach is one of the founding members of BirdGang Dance Company and trained as an actor at RADA. His choreography, whilst being largely hip hop-based, borrows from disciplines such as tap, house dance, popping, breaking, contemporary and jazz.

10 dancers

20 minutes
Canada - Juxtapose
Canada Juxtapose
Canada - Juxtapose
Canada
Juxtapose
Juxtapose is led by choreographer Saxon Fraser, a third generation dance artist with the versatility to work with companies like Cirque du Soleil, Moment Factory, W&M Physical Theatre and Unkut Productions. Her creations have been presented for Dragonfly Orchestra in China, at Royal Albert Hall in London, le Zenith in Paris and the Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
Canada - LockUnity
Canada LockUnity
Canada - LockUnity
Canada
LockUnity
LockUnity is a community of lockers in Montreal. It is a diverse collective of like-minded artists who are passionate about locking and strive to build an active and healthy scene through weekly practices, classes, events, performances and battles. Originally founded in 2007, LockUnity has opened for Arcade Fire and performed at Hip Hop International Canada, Bust-A-Move, KOD Canada and the Las Vegas Locking Camp.
Canada - RoyaLazyness
Canada RoyaLazyness
Canada - RoyaLazyness
Canada
RoyaLazyness
RoyaLazyness is a dance duo composed of Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli (Canada) and Roya “The DestRoya” (Australia), united through crutch-power. Together, they will perform their piece Creatures.
Canada - Tentacle Tribe Dance
Canada Tentacle Tribe Dance
Canada - Tentacle Tribe Dance
Canada
Tentacle Tribe Dance
Approaching choreography through a wide variety of movement philosophies, Montreal-based dance duo Tentacle Tribe, co-founded by Emmanuelle Lê Phan and Elon Höglund, concoct uncommon dance works with a contemporary approach.
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Canada // Toronto Footnotes
Canada // Toronto
Footnotes
Footnotes have been training in Toronto for the past three years. Specializing in different street and funk dance styles they are now ready to share their talent on stage.
Canada // Toronto - JHHA Performance Company
Canada // Toronto JHHA Performance Company
Canada // Toronto - JHHA Performance Company
Canada // Toronto
JHHA Performance Company
One of the most sought after Youth Performance Companies in Canada. This one of kind company helmed by award-winning choreographer Jade Jager Clark is composed of passionate young dancers ages 8-20 skilled in hip hop, popping, locking, breaking, house and krump. They perform for a variety of North America’s biggest companies, organizations and events including the NBA, WE Day, and the Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games. JHHA Performance Company has also been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and continues to thrill audiences worldwide.
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Canada // Toronto Involuntary Movement
Canada // Toronto
Involuntary Movement
Involuntary Movement was formed with the interest in evolving the locking style and narrative dance. Lady C, Kosi and Pyro were all members of the Canadian Keep On Dancing street dance world cup finals team in 2016 for locking. In 2015 Lady C won the locking category at Bust-A-Move street dance battle in Montréal and Kosi recently won On Point Montréal - Canada’s biggest locking-only battle.
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Canada // Toronto Tense Image
Canada // Toronto
Tense Image
Tense Image specialize in tutting and also have skills in animation, bboying, popping, and robotics, have won numerous awards including 1st Place at the Beat Down Dance Competition (2011), People’s Choice at the Floor Awards (2013), and most recently were awarded 1st Place at Hip Hop International in Montréal (2015).
Canada // Toronto - The Surgeons
Canada // Toronto The Surgeons
Canada // Toronto - The Surgeons
Canada // Toronto
The Surgeons
The Surgeons are an eclectic group of Canadian based hip hop artists trained in all styles of the dance including breaking, hip hop, popping, house, and locking. They came together after their participation in Open Art Surgery in Toronto, and through exploring the art of hip hop theatre. These artists have individually trained and have further manifested their talents through collaboration and performance. They look forward to working together again in preparation for Breakin’ Convention Toronto. In addition to the The Cypher performance that the entire crew will be performing, Gomo and Anyo of The Surgeons will also be performing a piece called Possibilities. Both The Cypher and Possibilities were developed during Open Art Surgery at Harbourfront in March 2017.

Creative Team

About Jonzi D

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D is the founder and Artistic Director of Jonzi D Projects and Breakin’ Convention. A dancer, spoken word artist and director, he is an advocate for hip hop and has changed the profile and influenced the development of the UK British hip hop dance and theatre scene over the last two decades. Jonzi D is a graduate from the London Contemporary Dance School and a former Associate Artist at The Place. He has toured his own work internationally and is regularly invited to judge international dance competitions. In 2016 Jonzi D performed at Breakin’ Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

CURATED BY
Jonzi D