Photo: O’Driscoll Col­lect­ive by Kalv­in Mack

Sadler’s Wells, EC1R

Fri­day 11 Decem­ber & Sat­urday 12 Decem­ber 2020

Per­form­ances: Fri­day & Sat­urday at 7:30pm, Sat­urday at 2:30pm

Tick­ets: £15-£40
Tick­et Office:


Breakin’ Con­ven­tion returns for its first live event since lock­down star­ted. Over two days, this influ­en­tial inter­na­tion­al fest­iv­al of hip hop dance theatre presents an action-packed show, fea­tur­ing three dynam­ic hip hop dance crews from across the UK.

Live and dir­ect at Sadler’s Wells just when we need it most, Breakin’ Con­ven­tion Social Dis­Dan­cing is hos­ted by Sadler’s Wells Asso­ci­ate Artist and Breakin’ Con­ven­tion founder, Jonzi D.

Line-up fea­tures AIM, the explos­ive all-female pop­ping crew, present­ing Sus­pen­ded, a new work explor­ing the exper­i­ence of los­ing the ground beneath your feet, then find­ing the resi­li­ence to anchor once again. Birm­ing­ham-based O’Driscoll Col­lect­ive premi­eres a power­ful duet titled One%, look­ing at dual­ity, the mind and the import­ance of men­tal health aware­ness. Using the style of breakin’, the work responds to soci­ety today and mis­un­der­stood emo­tions. Per­en­ni­al Breakin’ Con­ven­tion stal­warts and East Lon­don friends, the mighty Boy Blue com­plete the bill with an excit­ing new pro­duc­tion, more details soon. Breakin’ Con­ven­tion Social Dis­Dan­cing runs nightly on Fri­day Decem­ber 11 and Sat­urday Decem­ber 12 with an addi­tion­al after­noon show.

Are you Zoomed out? Are you bored of vir­tu­al enter­tain­ment? Do you want to see some real dance? With real bod­ies, real pas­sion, in a real theatre? Well let’s start Breakin’ Con­ven­tion!

Breakin’ Con­ven­tion Artist­ic Dir­ect­or, Jonzi D said: “After this enforced sab­bat­ic­al, it’s actu­ally a sur­prise to be back home on the Sadler’s Wells stage in 2020. We need to exper­i­ence and par­ti­cip­ate in live dance. It’s healing.”

 Jonzi D is a Sadler’s Wells Asso­ci­ate Artist

Breakin’ Con­ven­tion
Social Dis­Dan­cing
Sadler’s Wells, EC1R 4TN
Per­form­ances: Fri 11 Decem­ber – Sat 12 Decem­ber at 7:30pm, Sat 12 Decem­ber at 2:30pm
Press night: Fri­day 11 Decem­ber, 7:30pm
Tick­ets: £15-£40
Tick­et Office: www.sadlerswells.com

In April 2020, Breakin’ Con­ven­tion was sched­uled to host its 17th fest­iv­al at Sadler’s Wells, as well as The Ruggeds’ Between Us, due to take place last July at the Pea­cock Theatre. Sadly, both per­form­ances were can­celled due to the glob­al coronavir­us pan­dem­ic. Breakin’ Con­ven­tion could still be seen via the Sadler’s Wells Digit­al Stage, with The Jazz re:freshed Son­ic Orches­tra screened on the May Bank Hol­i­day, his­tor­ic­ally when the fest­iv­al takes place.

Breakin’ Con­ven­tion returns just in time, bring­ing hip hop dance theatre back onstage with socially dis­tanced meas­ures in place. Join Jonzi D, Boy Blue, AIM and the O’Driscoll Col­lect­ive for some euphor­ic hip hop dance theatre this December.

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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 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.