Tuesday to Friday:
5 PM to 11 PM or close of programming
Saturday and Sunday:
11 AM to 11 PM or close of programming*
*Open at 10 AM on Saturday, June 18
There will be further afternoon free activity announced for the Friday and Saturday.
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★★★★★/5 The dancing is spectacular: one-handed hops, explosive, dizzying upside-down spins
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.
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.
“ONE HELLUVA WEEKEND”
“One of the world’s leading showcases of hip-hop dance and dance theatre… ★★★★”
“Breakin' Convention confirms hip-hop as one of the social and artistic forces of our time.”
“Breakin' Convention is the best cultural experience in London”
“★★★★★/5 The dancing is spectacular: one-handed hops, explosive, dizzying upside-down spins”
“The best in hip-hop dance theatre on stages”
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.
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
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.
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.
She Does the City catches up with local programming Judi Lopez.