Breakin' Convention Toronto 2017
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Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Jun 23, 2017 - Jun 24, 2017

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. 

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.


International Artists

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.
 
National Acts
 
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
 
Local Acts

Footnotes have been training in Toronto for the past three years. Specializing in different street and funk dance styles they are now ready to share their talent on stage.

JHHA Performance Company, is one of the most sought after Youth Performance Companies in Canada. This one of kind company helmed by award-winning choreographer Jade Jager Clark is composed of passionate young dancers ages 8-20 skilled in hip hop, popping, locking, breaking, house and krump. They perform for a variety of North America’s biggest companies, organizations and events including the NBA, WE Day, and the Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games. JHHA Performance Company has also been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and continues to thrill audiences worldwide.

Involuntary Movement was formed with the interest in evolving the locking style and narrative dance. Lady C, Kosi and Pyro were all members of the Canadian Keep On Dancing street dance world cup finals team in 2016 for locking. In 2015 Lady C won the locking category at Bust-A-Move street dance battle in Montréal and Kosi recently won On Point Montréal - Canada’s biggest locking-only battle.
 
The Moon Runners Dance Crew who specialize in tutting and also have skills in animation, b-boying, popping, and robotics, have won numerous awards including 1st Place at the Beat Down Dance Competition (2011), People’s Choice at the Floor Awards (2013), and most recently were awarded 1st Place at Hip Hop International in Montréal (2015).

Tense Image is a street dance crew expressing movements through styles such as popping, boogaloo, and animation. Founded in 2008, the crew is a collective of trained individual dancers from Toronto and Japan. When united, their ambition is to strongly represent the funk styles of dance and to positively impact the viewer's eyes with the-state-of-the-art performances.

The Surgeons are an eclectic group of Canadian based hip hop artists trained in all styles of the dance including breaking, hip hop, popping, house, and locking. They came together after their participation in Open Art Surgery in Toronto, and through exploring the art of hip hop theatre. These artists have individually trained and have further manifested their talents through collaboration and performance. They look forward to working together again in preparation for Breakin’ Convention Toronto. In addition to the The Cypher performance that the entire crew will be performing, Gomo and Anyo of The Surgeons will also be performing a piece called Possibilities. Both The Cypher and Possibilities were developed during Open Art Surgery at Harbourfront in March 2017.
 
“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



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All tickets are $20
$25 at the door
Restaurant discounts available

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Performance Times
Fri Jun 23, 7:30 PM
Sat Jun 24, 7:30 PM
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