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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.


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 more intimate performances in the Lilian Baylis Studio, to performances on the Main Stage as well as interviews with the artists and exclusive backstage access, co-hosted by BBC 1Xtra DJ Sarah Love. Audiences will be able to watch from 4pm on Monday 7 May via www.thespace.org.


The coverage of Breakin’ Convention via The Space 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

Freestyle Funk Forum; live improv jam with beatboxers, dancers, musicians, DJs.

Interviews with the artists and companies performing, backstage footage and a look at the UK venues Breakin’ Convention will tour to.

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

Kloe Dean (UK)

Theo Godson Oloyade(UK)

Simeon Qsyea (UK)

8.30pm – 9.30pm Main Stage

Bodicea (UK)

Vagabond Crew (France)


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 Space is 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 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.

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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