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International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre 
Sadler's Wells & Lilian Baylis Studio


Jonzi D, staunch advocate for Hip Hop, graduate from the London Contemporary Dance School and a former Associate Artist at The Place, hosts this celebrated annual festival of Hip Hop dance theatre, featuring the most dynamic companies and crews from the UK and abroad.

Birdgang Dance Company will share a work in progress: Vicycle, in the Lilian Baylis studio. Following one man’s ‘ideal’, the piece will revolve around issues of grief, addiction and ambition. Exactly how far will the protagonist compromise himself in pursuit of his dream? Vicycle will develop further, under the auspices of Breakin’ Convention’s support of new work.

During the main festival weekend, the foyer of Sadler’s Wells will be occupied by live DJs, freestyle dance jams, graffiti displays, and workshops from renowned international artists. These will take place pre-show and in the interval.

Three acts from last year’s show will feature this year: Images by Antoinette Gomis, is a solo performance inspired by Nina Simone and Civil Rights. The show is said to be very atmospheric. Antoinette was a founder member of the all-female Zamounda crew from Paris, where she developed her signature style; Iron Skulls Co. from Spain presents Sinestesia, a sci-fi piece where the dancers transform into post-apocalyptic survivors; The Ruggeds, a world Champion B-Boy crew hailing from Holland, will perform the high-octane Adrenaline, last seen in 2015.

Antoinette Gomis Photographer Belinda Lawley

Iron Skulls Photographer Paul Hampartsoumian

The UK is represented by Flawless, World Street Dance Champions and finalists on Britain’s Got Talent. They were last at Sadler’s Wells in 2008. London crews include Myself UK Dance Company, formed to promote empowerment and individuality for its all-female ensemble by choreographer Kloe Dean. They are joined by Kwame Asafo-Adjei’s Spoken Movement, who use street dance and abstract choreography to provoke a response in the audience. They are accompanied by supergroup body-poppers Pro-Motion who feature members of Flawless and Plague in its line-up.

Flawless Photo by Al Blinx

Myself UK Dance Company
Myself UK Dance Company Credit Leanne Dixon

Spoken Movement
Spoken Movement

Pro-Motion Ideas in Motion Photo by Owen Ling

Breakin’ Convention has helped many of the acts develop their pieces through Back to the Lab and Open Art Surgery initiatives, seeking to establish Hip Hop dance alongside more historically established artforms.

On Bank Holiday Monday Breakin’ Convention will host a family day out in Spa Fields park with the all-inclusive Park Jam.

Sadler’s Wells & Lilian Baylis Studio
Rosebery Avenue
Friday 29 April – Monday 2 May 2016
Performances: Fri 8pm; Sat & Sun doors open 4pm, Show 6pm
Tickets: Fri 29 April: £5 | Sat 30 April & Sun 1 May £15 – £24 (£17 concessions)
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or

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