Breakin’ Convention line-up revealed!

Press & PR Assistant Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

We are so, so excited to welcome Breakin’ Convention back to Birmingham Hippodrome again in 2014, and this year promises one of the best line-ups yet!

The great thing about the show is that the stage is shared by professional hip hop artists from across the globe with the elite of local talent from Birmingham and the West Midlands – giving our local crews the chance to shine in front of 1,800 people each night.

On Tuesday, the local line-up is set to include self-taught all male crew, Antics who were among the finalists in Sky’s Got to Dance; Staffordshire’s Company Elite featuring dancers aged between 9 and 20 plus a duo of performers Marius and Andrei who have developed their work through various Birmingham Hippodrome projects including Jonzi D’s Open Art Surgery last Summer.

Wednesday night will see more home grown highlights including the return of 15 dancers from Birmingham’s Dance Nuvo who have performed at the festival in 2007, 2009 and 2012; Nottingham’s NuProjeks with a crew of 8 performers aged 10-30 and Birmingham’s Jigsaw. Wednesday’s line-up is completed by the incredible Youtube sensation B-Girl Terra from Fallings Park in Wolverhampton. At just 6 years old B-Girl Terra has now gained over 6 million Youtube views after her show-stopping performance at the Pro Chelles international dancing competition in Paris and has been invited to perform on huge popular entertainment programmes including America’s Ellen Degeneres show; take a look at her incredible performance here…

Sharing the stage with Birmingham’s best are renowned hip hop artists from across the globe. Returning after a rave reception in 2012, ILL-Abilities are a company of dancers from across the continents with varying disabilities as they challenge the misconceptions and supposed limits around disability. Wanted Posse head across the channel from France fresh from multi-award winning performances and being hailed as one of the country’s leading and longest running hip hop dance companies. The UK’s Ukweli Roach rounds up the professional line up; having trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), Ukweli brings his unique brand of hip hop storytelling to the festival.

Don’t miss your chance to see all of these great performers in two nights of ultimate hip hop! Click here for more details and to book.

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Breakin’ back in Brum…

Ben at Breakin' Convention 2012

Ben at Breakin’ Convention 2012

Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) reports back from an exciting day planning the return of an ever-popular hip-hop event…

I would be the first to admit that I’m about as ‘street’ as Mary Berry’s doilies and therefore not the kind of person you would expect to be looking forward to the return of an international festival of hip hop festival…HOWEVER…Breakin’ Convention does exactly that, breaking the conventions of what you would expect from a hip hop event and inviting one and all to take part in a two-day event celebrating both local and international talent.

Back in 2012, when Breakin’ Convention visited Birmingham Hippodrome last, I was lucky enough to be heavily involved in the PR campaign for the show and went around the area with a BBC crew to meet some of the fantastic b-boy and street dance groups taking part in the show; and now it’s almost time to do it all again!

Jonzi D and Liz

Jonzi D and Liz

On Tuesday this week myself, Sarah from our Marketing Department and Liz our Creative Learning Manager headed down to London’s Sadlers Wells to meet the fantastic members of the Breakin’ Convention team including BC founder, Jonzi D and discuss next year’s event. Auditions for local crews will take place this December with applications opening in November, so watch this space for your chance to take part and you could be performing on our main stage in front of more than 1,800 people! This year we will also have an exciting project for emerging film makers, more details to come soon…

This year’s professional line-up includes RADA trained actor and hip-hop artist Ukwell Roach, France’s Wanted Posse and the return of the exceptional ILL-Abilities. On their last visit back in 2012 ILL-Abilities brought the house down with their b-boy crew comprised of differently-abled dancers – take a look at the video to get a sneek preview of their performance!

Breakin’ Convention returns to Birmingham Hippodrome 20 & 21 May 2014 with tickets on sale to Friends now and on general sale from tomorrow (19 Sep 2013) click here for more info and tickets, hope to see you there!