Breakin’ Convention 2022 International Festival Of Hip Hop Dance Theater comes to Sadler’s Wells in April

The annual Sadler’s Wells Hip Hop Dance Theater Festival returns for its 19th year, featuring innovative and authentic dance rooted in the streets and performed live on stage from Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May 2022.

This year’s festival showcases UK and international artists in an exciting range of talents led by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and Breakin’ Convention Founder and Artistic Director Jonzi D. In true Breakin’ Convention tradition, the audiences are encouraged to arrive early for activities in the foyer featuring live DJ sets from award-winning mixmasters, panel discussions, impromptu dance circles, graffiti art and dance workshops with artists.

Breakin’ Convention 2022 features internationally acclaimed Australian choreographer and b-boy Nick Power, who presents his piece Between Tiny Cities at Lilian Baylis Studio. Dancers Aaron Lim and Erak Mith perform the duo in the round, blending the raw, wild energy of b-boy battles with skillful improvisation and choreography, providing a cross-cultural perspective on style, culture and locality. Between Tiny Cities is performed as part of a UK tour.

La Compagnie Niya arrives at Breakin’ Convention with Gueules Noire. Choreographed by Rachid Hedli, the work pays vibrant homage to migrant workers from the Nord-Pas de Calais mining basin, including his father. Tracing life in the mines, Compagnie Niya’s smashing and popping talents create evocative images of solidarity, struggle and brotherhood. Hedli’s powerful and poetic staging is amplified by original music by Romual Houziaux.

Ukrainian contortionist and dancer Kate Luzan makes her Breakin’ Convention debut with her striking take on hip hop, adding her signature moves in high heels to the mix. Luzan has starred in fashion campaigns and commercials, as well as several dance TV shows including So You Think You Can Dance Ukraine. London-based dance artist and performance maker Amanda Pefkou performed in Breakin’ Convention’s Open Art Surgery in 2021 and presents a passionate piece of krump inspired by her Cypriot lineage as well as her mother. The complete program will be announced.

Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director Jonzi D said: “After 2 years of restrictions, I’m happy to say that Breakin’ Convention is back with a full international program featuring premieres from Peru, Ukraine and Czech Republic ! award-winning British artists. I look forward to the DJs, dance cyphers, and all the immersive elements of Breakin’ Convention that we’ve missed so much.

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