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Breakin' Convention returns to Sadler's Wells over May Bank Holiday weekend

Breakin’ Convention

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DISTINGUISHED festival and Sadler’s Wells Project Breakin’ Convention returns to take over Sadler’s Wells with its annual celebration of hip hop over the May Bank Holiday.

WorX, an adult-only hip hop cabaret evening kicks off the festivities on Friday, May 3, 2019. The International Festival itself, now in its 16th year, takes place on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, showcasing the finest and most exciting hip hop talent.

Hosted and curated by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D, the Festival offers the chance to watch high calibre breakin’ crews with innovative popping, creative krump and soulful house dance. Attendees experience hip hop culture in a unique way, with a variety of taster sessions, workshops and free activities throughout the entire Sadler’s Wells building.

This year the line-up includes iconic contortionist b-boy Rubberlegz, who was recently seen on the Sadler’s Wells’ stage in Sadler’s Wells production A Quiet Evening of Dance by William Forsythe. He performs in a kaleidoscopic duet with James Gregg that stretches the limbs and the possibilities of the human body.

French artist B-boy Junior, “most watched b-boy of all time”, demonstrates his incredible upper body strength and gravity-defying aerial moves, coupling with Greek popper Kalliopi Tarasidou.

Stylistic French company Geometrie Variable explore the popping technique of tutting with a style resembling the inner mechanics of a timepiece.

Sixteen year old b-girl Logistx, a rising star of the Los Angeles dance scene and of San Diego’s Underground Flow, is a dancer with a refined move set beyond her years. Her command of hip hop dance styles saw her winning NBC’s programme ‘World of Dance’ in America as part of The Lab in 2018.

The full line-up will be announced in March 2019.

Tickets: Festival £15 – £30. WorX £25 per seat at table; £15 back row. To book, call the ticket office on 020 7863 8000 or visit www.sadlerswells.com/.

Performances: Festival 6pm (doors 4pm); WorX 8pm.