International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre Breakin' Convention
The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, in association with Luminato, is very pleased to announce the Canadian premiere of the acclaimed Sadler’s Wells project, Breakin’ Convention June 23-25, 2017.
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. Joining Jonzi D, will be Toronto’s local rep Judi Lopez. The two have most recently collaborated on Open Art Surgery at Toronto’s Harbourfront.
Headline programming includes two evening main stage performances featuring eight of Canada’s best hip-hop companies performing alongside renowned international acts (listed below) on the Sony Centre stage.
Just Dance (South Korea) – B-Boy Ducky leads this squad of b-boys from Korea’s most infamous crews, 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.
Soweto Skeleton Movers (South Africa) – From the most notorious township on the African continent comes the Soweto Skeleton Movers. The audience highlight of Breakin’ Convention 2016 returns with a brand new performance. 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.
BirdGang Dance Company (UK) - 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.
Pre show, the Sony Centre lobbies and surrounding areas will be transformed with DJs, graffiti exhibits, free-style dance jams, and workshops from top international and local artists creating an atmosphere of celebration from the moment people arrive.
The third day of the festival takes things back to the roots of the culture with a free outdoor “Park Jam”. This day of public activity sees dance artists joined by DJs, beat boxers, and graffiti artists in a funk-filled, open-air dance, music and art extravaganza for the whole family.
“An inspirational event that brings together international and local artists to perform, exchange ideas and to entertain their audiences, Breakin’ Convention is a festival within a festival. I am delighted that the partnership between Luminato and the Sony Centre makes it possible to bring this phenomenally successful international dance event to Toronto for the first time,” said Josephine Ridge, Luminato’s artistic director.
ABOUT BREAKIN’ CONVENTION
ABOUT JONZI D
Jonzi D devised and directed TAG... Just Writing My Name in 2006, IVAN in 2006 and Markus the Sadist, a rap theatre piece in 2009. All pieces successfully toured the UK to critical acclaim. He has also devised, choreographed and featured in various hip hop inspired fashion shows.
Jonzi D performed The Letter at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe and also featured on TEDx Warwick and spoke at the European Commission forum on creativity and diversity. In 2016 Jonzi D performed at Breakin’ Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
ABOUT JUDI LOPEZ
About the Presenters:
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto’s first Performing Arts Centre, has played a defining role in the cultural life of Toronto for more than 50 years. Today, the Sony Centre is home to a roster of national and international artists that reflect the diversity and sophistication of 21st century Toronto. In addition, the Sony Centre is dedicated to developing Toronto’s younger audiences through family programming, workshops targeted towards school-aged audiences, an under-30 membership program, and other community initiatives.
Luminato is Toronto’s global multi-arts festival dedicated to performance, visual art, music, theatre, dance, and more. The 2017 festival runs June 14 to 25. Full programming details will be announced in early April.
Curated by Artistic Director Josephine Ridge and led by CEO Anthony Sargent, Luminato is a charitable, not-for-profit, cultural organization.
Special thanks to:
Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund
Ontario Arts Council
Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. Additional service charges may apply.
Over the phone at 1-855-872-SONY (7669) or online at www.sonycentre.ca
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 for more more details.