Breakin’ Convention Presents
The Ruggeds: Between Us
Peacock Theatre, WC2A 2HT
Wednesday 15 — Saturday 18 September 2021
Tickets: £18 — £40
Ticket Office: www.sadlerswells.com
Celebrating the most innovative and inspirational artists working in hip hop today, Breakin’ Convention Presents showcases breaking world champions The Ruggeds from Wednesday 15 — Saturday 18 September. The company, from Eindhoven in the Netherlands, brings explosive tricks to the Peacock Theatre with the UK première of Between Us. The work was originally set to be presented in July 2020, before the world transcended into lockdown.
Holding more than 50 international breaking titles as soloists and a crew, childhood best friends The Ruggeds have been making noise in the breaking scene for over 15 years, travelling the world for performances and battles. Highly skilled, athletic and known for their pursuit of new and unusual moves, they epitomise the spirit and energy of breaking. Through becoming their own kind of family formed by trust and shared experiences, their second work Between Us invites audiences into their home to discover what makes them tick. Comprising technical solos, duets and contagiously energetic group work, the ties that bind this risk-taking crew together are unravelled.
The Ruggeds made their Breakin’ Convention debut in 2015 with Adrenaline, touring the US before the UK and Luxembourg. From featuring as contestants on NBC’s World of Dance Season 2 to performing alongside Justin Bieber in music video Where Are U Now, their unique dynamism has won worldwide recognition, providing them with opportunities to collaborate with world-famous stars including Madonna and Rita Ora. With an impressive list of breaking accolades, company members and b‑boys Lee, Stepper, Tawfiq, Zoopreme and Lagaet are preparing for the Olympic Games in 2024.
Breakin’ Convention’s alternative performance platform Breakin’ Convention Presents has been presenting feature-length works since 2018. Best known for its flagship annual festival, the Breakin’ Convention year-round programme aims to grow the UK’s development of hip hop theatre. It encompasses professional development initiatives such as Back to the Lab, a two-week training and mentorship initiative leading to performance; and a broad education programme.