BREAKIN’ CONVENTION ’17 brings its beats to The Lowry

JustDance by Belinda Lawley

Just Dance, image credit: Belinda Lawley

Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre, Breakin’ Convention, is back, with performances from UK and international companies and crews.

 

Following the annual festival at Sadler’s Wells over the May bank holiday (Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May), Breakin’ Convention is now touring for a second consecutive year and comes to The Lowry, Salford Quays this weekend Friday 19 & Saturday 20 May.                                              

 

Now in its 14th year, the production is once again hosted and curated by Associate Artist Jonzi D who has changed the profile and influenced the development of the UK British hip hop dance and theatre scene over the last two decades.

jonzi D by Belinda Lwley

Jonzi D, image credit: Belinda Lawley

Breakin’ Convention is one of the world’s greatest celebrations of hip hop culture.

 

The tour line-up includes Soweto Skeleton Movers who mix comedic contortionism with the Pantsula dance style native to the townships of South Africa and perform to Kwaito music, a form of Afro house.

Breakin Convention 30 April 2017 at Sadlers Wells theatre.

Soweto Skeleton Movers, image credit: Paul Hampartsoumian

Joining them is Canadian group Tentacle Tribe, the Montreal-based dance company. Tentacle Tribe creates uncommon dance works with a contemporary twist using conceptual hip hop and influences from all types of earthly creatures.

tentacle_tribe_7 by Paul Hampartsoumian

Tentacle Tribe, image credit: Paul Hampartsoumian

Completing the international line up are Just Dance from South Korea with an updated vision of Korean shamanistic mask performance. Live Korean drumming accompanies a crew of poppers and B-boys, with many with world titles to their name.

 

The UK tour also offers local dance companies the opportunity to perform alongside the International acts. Local crews for The Lowry dates include:

 

Friday 19 May: 01612twelve95, Chad Taylor Dance, Fidget Feet, Shockout Arts

Saturday 20 May: Explosive, Lauren ‘Fidget’ Haywood, LadyBoy, Stage Pro Academy

 

 

Tickets on sale now https://www.thelowry.com/events/breakin-convention

 

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