Breakin’ Convention Toronto 2017
Breakin’ Convention is the world’s biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre showcasing the very best from around the world and around the corner.
Curated and hosted by UK hip hop pioneer Jonzi D, this is an awe inspiring weekend of exceptional performances from world champion b-boy and b-girl crews to cutting edge street dance companies – live on stage.
Headline programming includes two evening main stage performances featuring some of Canada’s best hip-hop companies performing alongside renowned international acts on the Sony Centre stage. Programming will continue to be updated.
Spilling off stage and taking over the whole building, dance workshops, graffiti, DJs, and freestyle sessions make Breakin’ Convention an unforgettable experience for all the family.
Also, don’t miss the Breakin’ Convention Park Jam, a free funk-filled, open-air dance, music and art extravaganza suitable for the whole family on June 25. Click here more more details.
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Soweto Skeleton Movers (South Africa) – Children of the Playground
From the most notorious township on the African continent comes the Soweto Skeleton Movers. Experts in a particular form of pantsula dance developed by Skeleton Mover pioneer Jabulani, the crew use comedic contortionism, frenetic footwork, and magical hat tricks that astound and amaze!
Just Dance (South Korea) – The 7 Human Emotions
Featuring: Bboy Ducky, Bboy Pop, Bboy Dol, Bboy Seen, Bboy Wasabi, Bboy Rookie, BBoy Moony and Gunn
B-Boy Ducky leads this squad of b-boys from Korea’s most infamous crews: Gamblerz, Rivers and Drifters, known for winning world titles over the last 15 years. The 7 Human Emotions features live drumming and traditional Korean masks in a presentation of ancient culture with a hip hop remix. You’ll be astounded by their extreme power moves and sharp technicality.
BirdGang Dance Company (UK) – Vice
A powerful piece of filmic hip hop dance theatre from young British choreographer and performer, Ukweli Roach. Revolving around the inner struggle of addictions Vice follows one man’s pursuit of an ‘ideal’; the type of person he wants to become, the type of woman he wants to be with, and whether he can overcome his addictions to reach this ideal.
Roach is one of the founding members of BirdGang Dance Company and trained as an actor at RADA. His choreography, whilst being largely hip hop-based, borrows from disciplines such as tap, house dance, popping, breaking, contemporary and jazz.
Juxtapose – Juxtapose is led by choreographer Saxon Fraser, a third generation dance artist with the versatility to work with companies like Cirque du Soleil, Moment Factory, W&M Physical Theatre and Unkut Productions. Her creations have been presented for Dragonfly Orchestra in China, at Royal Albert Hall in London, le Zenith in Paris and the Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
LockUnity – LockUnity is a community of lockers in Montreal. It is a diverse collective of like-minded artists who are passionate about locking and strive to build an active and healthy scene through weekly practices, classes, events, performances and battles. Originally founded in 2007, LockUnity has opened for Arcade Fire and performed at Hip Hop International Canada, Bust-A-Move, KOD Canada and the Las Vegas Locking Camp.
RoyaLazyness – RoyaLazyness is a dance duo composed of Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli (Canada) and Roya “The DestRoya” (Australia), united through crutch-power. Together, they will perform their piece Creatures.
Tentacle Tribe – Approaching choreography through a wide variety of movement philosophies, Montreal-based dance duo Tentacle Tribe, co-founded by Emmanuelle Lê Phan and Elon Höglund, concoct uncommon dance works with a contemporary approach
“ONE HELLUVA WEEKEND” Time Out
“One of the world’s leading showcases of hip-hop dance and dance theatre… “ **** The Guardian
“Breakin’ Convention confirms hip-hop as one of the social and artistic forces of our time.” The Guardian