Hip hop festival heads to the Lowry

Celebrated hip hop dance theatre show, Breaking Convention, will be at the Lowry arts centre in Salford for shows on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May.

Both dates will be supported by local dance acts as the Sadler’s Wells theatre production moves out of London for a tour.

Breakin’ Convention has firmly established itself as one of the major highlights on the British dance calendar and is one of the world’s greatest celebrations of hip hop culture.

Now in its 14th year in London, this hugely popular Sadler’s Wells production will be hosted and curated by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D, the founder and artistic director of Jonzi D Projects and Breakin’ Convention.

The UK tour offers local dance companies the opportunity to perform alongside international acts.

Taking to the stage on Fri 19 May will be local acts 01612twelve95, Chad Taylor, Movementalz and Shockout Arts.

On Sat 20 May the festival will showcase the talents of Evolve Dance Crew, Explosive @LCC, Ladyboy and Fidget Feet.

Joining the local acts will be Soweto Skeleton Movers. Mixing comedic contortionism with the Pantsula dance style native to the townships of South Africa and performing to Kwaito music, a form of Afro house and the soundtrack of the liberation struggle, the group returns by popular demand to present a brand new work titled Seven 7.

The tour line-up also includes Canadian group Tentacle Tribe. Founded in 2012, the Montreal-based dance company creates uncommon dance works with a contemporary twist using conceptual hip hop and influences from all types of earthly creatures. The duo’s work experiments with intricate partnering, refined musicality and physical choreography. Tentacle Tribe recently performed at Breakin’ Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Completing the international line up are Just Dance from South Korea. Under the artistic direction of B-boy Ducky of the Drifterz Crew, Just Dance presents an updated vision of Korean shamanistic mask performance. Live Korean drumming accompanies a crew of poppers and B-boys, with many with world titles to their name. Earlier in 2016 the group performed at Breakin’ Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The London dates mark their Breakin’ Convention UK premiere.