French choreographer Pierre Rigal’s Scandale investigates the beginnings of choreography and asks “is Music or Movement the Mother of Dance?” Making its UK première through Breakin’ Convention Presents… which has its Sadler’s Wells debut from 5 — 6 September, Scandale is invigorated by six agile hip hop dancers and a musician to allow rhythm, sound and music to come together as one.
Tickets for Scandale are on public sale from 10am on Friday 27 July. Booking opens to members from Wednesday 25 July at 10am.
Set against a simple backdrop, the soundtrack ranges between extremes, from ambient chamber music to electronic sound effects. Simultaneously, words, cries and scandalous chants exert energy, as what begins as a chaotic mess slowly falls into organised choreography and a hip hop spectacle.
Scandale stars dancers Steve ‘Steve Lelong’ Kamseu, Camille ‘Kami’ Regneault, Julien ‘Bee‑D’ Saint-Maximin and members of Yeah Yellow Fabien Maitrel, Antonio Mvuani, and Amélie Jousseaume – as seen on the Breakin’ Convention 2017 Luxembourg and USA tour, as well as at Sadler’s Wells Sampled 2018. Choreographer Pierre Rigal previously presented work at the Breakin’ Convention festival in 2011.
Breakin’ Convention Presents… marks Breakin’ Convention’s return to presenting feature length works on the Sadler’s Wells stage. As part of the hand-picked and curated programming, expect to see the world’s most élite dance companies presenting cutting edge, challenging and inspiring works. This is hip hop dance theatre at its most curious.
Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director Jonzi D said: “We started Breakin’ Convention Presents… to accommodate and showcase the excellent full length works created by hip hop crews, both around the world, and around the corner from Sadler’s Wells. We welcome the vision of contemporary choreographers who are excited by the possibilities of street dance forms, as well as providing platforms to grassroots hip hop theatre makers.
“The festival of Breakin’ Convention showcases the latest in hip hop dance theatre development. In our earlier years, we would finish with a piece of epic proportions that would last up to an hour long. Franck II Louise, Membros, and Compagnie Revolution are examples of amazing full length works that we believe had the quality to stand on their own. This has inspired us to work with artists to create full-length work for Breakin’ Convention Presents…”
Tickets for Scandale are on public sale from Friday 27 July at 10am via www.sadlerswells.com and 020 7863 8000. Booking opens to members from Wednesday 25 July at 10am.