Sadler’s Wells to live stream Breakin’ Convention – the hip hop dance festival

Clash 66. © Dirk Korell. (Click image for larger version)

Clash 66. © Dirk Korell. (Click image for larger version)

Sadler’s Wells streams international hip hop dance festival Breakin’ Convention live via The Space

On Bank Holiday Monday 7 May, Sadler’s Wells annual international festival of hip hop dance, Breakin’ Convention, will be streamed live to audiences all over the world through The Space, a new on-demand initiative by the Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC that offers audiences a new way to experience some of the most exciting arts events from across the UK. The Space runs for six months, from May to October 2012 giving audiences unique access through their computer, tablet, mobile or connected TV.

Breakin’ Convention is the first dance event in The Space offering audiences the opportunity to see all aspects of the international hip hop dance festival, from foyer events to smaller performances in the Lilian Baylis Studio to performances on the Main Stage. Audiences will be able to watch from 4pm on Monday 7 May.

Hosted and curated by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention is in its ninth year. It features some of the very best UK and international acts in hip hop dance, offering audiences a range of different styles from breaking and popping to locking, b-boying and newer styles such as house dance, devised from the dance floors and born out of club culture. There are also dozens of extra events in the mix including workshops, film screenings, DJ demos, impromptu foyer freestyle sessions and even live aerosol art.

The line-up for Breakin’ Convention 2012 includes ILL-Abilities, a breakdance company that challenges the misconceptions about people with disabilities; Vagabond Crew who are the current world champions winning both Battler of the Year and the UK B-boy championships in 2011; New York artist Storyboard P, who comes from the underground flexing scene and has created his own ‘mutation’ style and female company and Got to Dance 2012 finalists Boadicea.

Vagabond Crew. © Belinda Lawley. (Click image for larger version)

Vagabond Crew. © Belinda Lawley. (Click image for larger version)

Audiences will be able to watch Breakin’ Convention live from 4pm on Monday 7 May on www.thespace.org, www.sadlerswells.com and www.breakinconvention.com. It will also be available on demand after the 7 May on www.thespace.org.

This year Breakin’ Convention embarks on its fourth UK tour taking in eight venues across the UK including newcomer Eden Court, Inverness. Touring international acts Clash 66, Vagabond Crew and ILL-Abilities (Plymouth and Birmingham only) plus local acts in each venue.

Notes to Editors

The Breakin’ Convention line-up on 7 May 2012 is as follows (subject to change):

4pm | Doors Open
Freestyling in the foyers, DJ demos from Tha En4cers, live graff jam and much more!

4.30pm Lilian Baylis Studio (Tickets limited & free to day pass holders on the day)
Freestyle Funk Forum; live improv jam with beatboxers, dancers, musicians, DJs.

6pm – 7.45pm Main Stage
House that Union Jack Built (UK)
B-Boy Ata (Finland)
Clash 66 (France/Korea)
Avant Garde Dance (UK)
Gemini (France)
Storyboard P (USA)
ILL-Abilities (International)

7.55pm – 8.25pm Lilian Baylis Studio (Tickets limited & free to day pass holders on the day)
Kloe Dean (UK)
Theo Godson Oloyade(UK)
Simeon Qsyea (UK)

8.30pm – 9.30pm Main Stage
Bodicea (UK)
Vagabond Crew (France)

Breakin’ Convention runs at Sadler’s Wells over the May Bank Holiday Weekend, Saturday 5 – Monday 7 May, followed by a national tour.

Breakin’ Convention Tour 2012

Friday 11 & Saturday 12 May Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 May Birmingham Hippodrome
Friday 18 & Saturday 19 May Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Tuesday 22 May Eden Court, Inverness
Friday 25 & Saturday 26 May Sheffield Lyceum
Tuesday 29 May Brighton Dome
Thursday 31 May Colston Hall, Bristol
Saturday 2 June West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds


About
Breakin’ Convention

Still the only event of its kind in the UK, and curated and directed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention returns for its ninth year over the May bank holiday weekend, from Saturday 5 – Monday 7 May 2012.

Featuring some of the very best UK and international acts in hip hop dance, Breakin’ Convention offers audiences a range of different styles from breaking and popping to locking, b-boying and newer styles such as house dance, devised from the dance floors and born out of club culture. There are also dozens of extra events in the mix including workshops, film screenings, DJ demos, impromptu foyer freestyle sessions and even live aerosol art.

Since its inception in 2004 Breakin’ Convention has showcased over 400 UK and international companies, and a total of over 3,900 performers to audiences in excess of 75,000. For more information please visit: www.breakinconvention.com

About The Space

The Space is a new on-demand digital arts channel, available free of charge via the internet, mobile phones, tablets and smart TVs. It is a joint initiative by the Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC.

The Space will help transform the way people connect with and experience arts, music and film and give artists space to innovate and experiment. It is launching in May 2012 and running until the end of October to coincide with and complement the wealth of arts activity in 2012, including the London 2012 Festival and wider Cultural Olympiad. For more information please visit: www.thespace.org

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