Breakin’ Con­ven­tion 2022

Inter­na­tion­al Fest­iv­al of Hip Hop Dance Theatre
Sadler’s Wells, EC1R
Fri­day 29 April — Sunday 1 May 2022
Per­form­ances from 6pm
Tick­ets: £15-£40
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Sadler’s Wells’ annu­al fest­iv­al of hip hop dance theatre is back for its 19th year, plat­form­ing innov­at­ive, authen­t­ic dance rooted in the streets and presen­ted live on stage from Fri­day 29 April — Sunday 1 May 2022.

This year’s fest­iv­al fea­tures UK and inter­na­tion­al artists in an excit­ing 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.

Breakin’ Con­ven­tion is delighted to today announce the full line-up for the 2022 Fest­iv­al.

Breakin’ Con­ven­tion Artist­ic Dir­ect­or, Jonzi D said: “Our inter­na­tion­al pro­gram is back! In spite of the glob­al­isa­tion of polar­isa­tion, Breakin’ Con­ven­tion will be an oppor­tun­ity to prac­tice some peace, love, and unity while hav­ing fun!

Inter­na­tion­al acts fea­tur­ing on the Sadler’s Wells stage:

On Fri­day 29 April, Com­pag­nie Niya arrive 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. Hedli’s dynam­ic and poet­ic sta­ging is amp­li­fied by ori­gin­al music by Romu­al Houzi­aux.

Renowned dan­cer and cho­reo­graph­er Ant­oinette Gomis from France makes a wel­come return to Breakin’ Con­ven­tion this year. Hav­ing per­formed and toured her showstop­ping homage to Nina Simone in 2016, Ant­oinette show­cases a strik­ing new work along­side four male dan­cers on both the Sat­urday and Sunday. Antoinette’s phys­ic­al dex­ter­ity and effort­less cho­ro­graph­ic style has earned her count­less accol­ades plus the respect of both hip hop and dance enthu­si­asts world-wide.

B‑boy Mr Kriss, dan­cer, artist and musi­cian from Prague makes his Breakin’ Con­ven­tion debut and per­forms on the Sat­urday and Sunday.

D1 Dance Com­pany, a group of 12 dan­cers from Peru, per­form an excit­ing work with Lat­in and hip hop influ­ences, inspired by the company’s per­son­al lives aim­ing to reveal per­son­al trans­form­a­tions which have inspired col­lect­ive change in Peru.

 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.

 US based poet jes­sica Care moore, mas­ter of waack­ing Axelle ‘Ebony’ Mun­ezero from Mon­tréal, Canada and Soweto Kinch, one of the UK’s finest Jazz musi­cians with a heart­felt love of hip hop col­lab­or­ate fol­low­ing the Sadler’s Wells Digit­al Stage and Breakin’ Con­ven­tion film Our Bod­ies Back in 2020, dir­ec­ted by Jonzi D. The work presen­ted a power­ful ren­der­ing of Black women’s voices, affirm­ing exper­i­ences of pain and trauma as well as pride, power and beauty as lived by gen­er­a­tions of Black women all over the world. The trio present a new work for Breakin’ Con­ven­tion 2022, this time live onstage.

Urb­an and con­tem­por­ary dance crew Oxy­gen are based in the Neth­er­lands and make their Breakin’ Con­ven­tion debut with highly cre­at­ive work com­bined with visu­al illu­sion effects.

UK acts fea­tur­ing on the Sadler’s Wells stage:

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 women in her fam­ily.

BirdGang by Dave Bar­ros

In 2008, BirdGang Dance Com­pany appeared out of noth­ing, onto the Breakin’ Con­ven­tion stage. This year, the fest­iv­al stal­warts return with some tricks up their sleeves with more of their high-impact, avant-garde dance con­tent, rooted in hip hop cul­ture and com­mer­cial dance styles.

Far From The Norm, led by Olivi­er award-win­ning cho­reo­graph­er Bot­is Seva, return to Breakin’ Con­ven­tion Fest­iv­al with a pas­sion­ate, krump and con­tem­por­ary piece fea­tur­ing clas­sic­al music.

East Lon­don based dance duo Homebros take to the Sadler’s Wells on the Sat­urday and Sunday. Being one of the pion­eers of the Afro Dance industry in the UK, they have been at the fore­front of push­ing Afric­an cul­ture, know­ledge and dance around the world. Homebros arrive on the Sadler’s Wells stage with their work which show­cases their afrobeats and krump expert­ise.

Take 1 Dance from Not­ting­ham will also appear on the Sadler’s Wells stage on the Sat­urday and Sunday. Com­pany cho­reo­graph­er Wil­lis Rose has taken the group’s work for world­wide events such as, World of Dance, the Olympics and for pop artists.

 Lili­an Bayl­is Stu­dio acts:

Inter­na­tion­ally renowned Aus­trali­an cho­reo­graph­er and b‑boy Nick Power 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, wild 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.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.