Sadler’s Wells Breakin’ Con­ven­tion

Sadler’s Wells, EC1R
Thursday 1 —  Fri­day 2 July 2021
Tick­ets: £15 — £45
Part of Breakin’ Con­ven­tion 2021 (Thursday 1 July – Sunday 4 July)
Tick­et Office: www.sadlerswells.com

Sadler’s Wells and Breakin’ Con­ven­tion are delighted to present the UK Première of Breakin’ Con­ven­tion Presents: Com­pag­nie Niya – Gueules Noires from Thursday 1 – Fri­day 2 July as part of Breakin’ Con­ven­tion 2021, the world’s biggest fest­iv­al of hip hop dance.

In Breakin’ Con­ven­tion Presents: Com­pag­nie Niya — Gueules Noires, cho­reo­graph­er Rachid Hedli pays a heart­felt trib­ute to the migrant work­ers of the Nord-Pas de Cal­ais Min­ing Basin, includ­ing his fath­er. Retra­cing life in the mines, Cie Niya’s razor-sharp break­ing and pop­ping skills cre­ate evoc­at­ive images of solid­ar­ity, struggle and fra­tern­ity. Hedli’s power­ful and poet­ic sta­ging is amp­li­fied by ori­gin­al music by Romu­al Houzi­aux.

Com­pag­nie Niya is made up of sons and grand­sons of the miners who inspired this piece. The company’s wish is to edu­cate cur­rent and future gen­er­a­tions about the migrants whose lives and stor­ies are para­mount to min­ing his­tory.

Breakin Con­ven­tion Artist­ic dir­ect­or Jonzi D says:

Tech­nic­ally pro­fi­cient at break­ing and pop­ping, Com­pag­nie Niya present visu­ally poet­ic hip hop dance theatre. Cho­reo­graph­er Rachid Hedli is a com­pel­ling storyteller. Gueules Noires reflects film noire with sharp, shad­owy scenes from the per­spect­ive of North Afric­an migrant miners in the north of France. Images of hanging clothes sug­gest a com­munity of des­cend­ants des­cend­ing down the mineshaft to their only source of income. The dan­cers ath­let­ic floor work con­jur­ing com­pos­ure and rhythm in claus­tro­phobic con­di­tions. Soci­et­al power dynam­ics are omin­ously at play. Music­al col­lab­or­a­tions fuse live hand­pan, viol­in and accor­di­on, over atmo­spher­ic hip hop beats. Gueules Noires is a stun­ning piece of work that lit­er­ally takes us under­ground!”

Breakin Con­ven­tion 2021 is cur­ated and hos­ted by fest­iv­al Artist­ic Dir­ect­or and Sadler’s Wells Asso­ci­ate Artist Jonzi D and show­cases the best of inter­na­tion­al and UK tal­ent. The fest­iv­al is split into two pro­grammes: Thursday 1 – Fri­day 2 July sees Breakin’ Con­ven­tion Presents: Com­pag­nie Niya Gueules Noires. On Sat­urday and Sunday, Breakin’ Con­ven­tion: Break­out Con­ven­tion sees a range of per­form­ances fea­tur­ing world cham­pi­on b‑boy crews along­side cut­ting-edge street dance com­pan­ies. Fur­ther details and com­pan­ies are to be con­firmed.

Com­pag­nie Niya was foun­ded by Rachid Hedli in 2011 and is the res­ult of years of part­ner­ships with vari­ous pro­fes­sion­al troupes and his work as an inter­pret­er, dan­cer and edu­ca­tion­al demon­strat­or. Cie Niya is also ded­ic­ated to artist­ic research and innov­a­tion. Cie Niya’s work is focused on people, the indi­vidu­al, his envir­on­ment, his his­tory.

Jonzi D is a Sadler’s Wells Asso­ci­ate Artist.


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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.