What is Breakin' Convention?

Sadler’s Wells Theatre’s critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre, Breakin’ Convention, is back in London, with performances from UK and international companies and crews.

Now in its 14th year, the popular Sadler’s Wells Production is once again hosted and curated by Associate Artist Jonzi D.

Breakin’ Convention will then tour for a second consecutive year, to nine venues across the UK until early June 2017, following the annual festival this weekend. These venues are: Edinburgh, Nottingham, Norwich, Southampton, Salford, Leicester, Blackpool, Brighton and Birmingham.

This marks Breakin’ Convention’s seventh UK tour, which offers local dance companies the opportunity to perform alongside international acts.

The London festival on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April sees Sadler’s Wells’ foyer transformed with DJs, freestyle dance jams, graffiti exhibitions, workshops from top international artists and live aerosol art.

The participatory activities take place pre-show and during the interval.

The tour line-up includes Soweto Skeleton Movers, a highlight of last year’s festival. 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 with new work Seven 7.

Joining them on tour is 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, many of whom have 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.

For the first year, there is also a pre-show site specific performance in The Kahn by Michaela Cisarikova, founder and artistic director of MCDC.

Since 2014, the group has curated and produced their own evening MCDC Night and MCDC Triple Bill in London, which then went on tour to Slovakia and Czech Republic.

The festival also features work from artists who have taken part in Open Art Surgery and Back To The Lab, Breakin’ Convention’s professional development platforms.

For the fifth consecutive year, Breakin’ Convention takes it back to the roots of hip hop on bank holiday Monday 1 May with Park Jam, an outdoor party suitable for all the family in Spa Fields Park.

The UK acts in this year’s Sadler’s Wells Stage line-up:

  • Boy Blue Entertainment

  • Dani & Sia
  • Freefly Crew

  • Houston Dance Collective
  • Natalie James

  • Old Men Grooving
  • The Locksmiths

  • The Rebirth Network
  • Theo ‘Godson’ Oloyade

  • XXV

And the international acts in this year’s Sadler’s Wells Stage line-up are:

  • Black Sheep (France)
  • Cheerito (Russia)
  • DC Vortex (France)
  • Geni Lou & Pax (Canada)
  • Hungry Sharks (Austria)
  • Just Dance (South Korea)
  • Soweto Skeleton Movers (South Africa)
  • Tentacle Tribe (Canada)

There is also a line-up of acts performing at the Lilian Baylis Studio featuring artists from the UK, Netherlands and the USA.

Breakin’ Convention runs this May Bank Holiday weekend (April 29 – May 1).

malec fic recs

i said i’d have this up by saturday but u should know by now to never listen to a thing i sa y anyway here u go nerds

Rush by heartsdesire456 words: 9453, chapters: 1/1

Summary: After Camille opens a door Magnus never wanted to open to Alec, Magnus and Alec, who are still working out exactly what is going on, are forced to talk about some very heavy subjects.

this is literally the fluffiest thing ever oh my god it’s very domestic at the end and i love that. Also, since it was originally supposed to be simon/raphael, there’s a bit of that if you squint.

Defying Gravity by ketz words: 4800, chapters: 1/?

Summary: When Izzy and Aline suggested that Alec should join the coming Wicked cast, the idea sounded not only ridiculous, but completely absurd. All the law student wanted was a peaceful and anonymous life, free of over exposure.

But maybe, just maybe, it was time to let go of his self-set restrains. Specially if it means getting to know the intriguing Art Director of the play, right?

The first chapter sets everything up, and i’m really curious to see where the author goes with this because alec is v well written. Also there’s side aline/helen yay.

The Angel in Blue by hobbit69 words: 32949, chapters: 9/?, explicit

Summary: Homicide detective, Alec Lightwood has seen and heard it all in his eight years with the NYPD. but he never expected billionaire playboy, Magnus Bane. Magnus is a suspect in a string of prostitute homicides and Alec must walk a fine line between procedure and the overwhelming desire he feels for his prime suspect.

There are so many plot twists i’m yelling i love detective au. Also, alec and magnus have sex like every chapter in the later ones, so if you don’t like that, none of it’s plot relevant so you can just skip it. It gets v fluffy at the end, and there’s a p tiny bit of angst in the middle.

Internet Famous by kuro1neko2kun words: 9378, chapters: 12/?

Summary: Alec and Magnus are both Youtubers. They meet for the first time at Vidcon, doing a video together. The viewers (and Izzy) think they’d be a cute couple, and they awkwardly fulfill everyone’s dreams. Sort of.

I’m a p bad judge of content when it comes to youtuber au bc it’s honestly my fave, but anyway this is v cute. Alec and Magnus have mutual crushes on each other and stuff wow.

amor verus by budapestagain words: 1681, chapters: 1/?

Summary: To Alec Lightwood, family is the most important thing, above everything, including personal happiness. So when he proposed to Lydia, he wasn’t thinking of himself but the family name. Magnus Bane is a popular and successful wedding planner and when he’s hired to plan Alec’s wedding, he thinks this will just be another job.

They have to find out that sometimes the right thing to do is to follow your heart.

An au of the malec episode, with alec marrying lydia to preserve the lightwood family name or some other asinine reason. It has the usual canon side pairings

better angels by redvelvetrose1742 words: 8241, chapters: 5/?

Summary: When there’s only one active Shadowhunter in the whole crazy mess that is New York City, it’s bad.

When that one Shadowhunter is living with three adults who are cursed to never leave the Institute’s grounds, two of which hate each other, it’s very bad.

When that Shadowhunter’s happiness and even mental stability is sacrificed in the pursuit of perfection, it’s monstrous.

When that one, fourteen year old Shadowhunter is found crying in an alley by the High Warlock of Brooklyn, it’s a matter of life and death.

this is an au where maryse and robert lightwood were sentenced to never leave the institute. also, alec is their only son which means no isabelle and max but it also means that alec meets magnus earlier in his life. pls look through the tags there are a bunch of possible triggers in this.

all precious things by crownedcarl words: 12556, chapters: 2/?, explicit

Summary: Magnus has expensive taste; Alec is the prettiest face on the block.

this is basically a hooker au except magnus is still a warlock, the world of shadowhunters still exists, but our main characters are mundanes. The dub con tag is because of the whole memory alteration thing that magnus does. v well written !

Attraction by ThePenguinOfDeath words: 1650, chapters: 1/1

Summary: “I’m looking for a book.” The man smiled, his eyes turning up at the edges. Everything about him was confident – Alec was almost envious.

“Well this is the library, so you’ve come to the right place.”

i cant believe im reading librarian au,,, what has my life come to. or in which magnus is looking for a book and alec is more than happy to help.

for you are my fate by grandeur words: 1898, chapters: 1/1

Summary: Alec pretends not to notice him. Maybe this is one of those times where Magnus will take a hint and won’t grab him to go do something absolutely ridiculous. Like that time Magnus woke him up at two in the morning because he had the urge to redecorate, and oh, Alexander, darling, how do you feel about custard yellow curtains? Which. Alec didn’t even know custard yellow was a color, nonetheless that it came on curtains.

very very incredibly fluffy aaaa magnus paints alec’s nails

fake date me, alexander by mininoot words: 6119, chapters: 2/?

Summary: “Aleeec, please be my fake boyfriend?”


“So you’ll do it?”

“I never said that.”

“But you were thinking it!”

Malec fake relationship AU. Pre-established friendship.

i love this so much. its hilarious. also the best line to sum this fic up is: “You took Grinding-101 at the age of six?”. + side simon/raphael

avarice by spun words: 36214, chapters: 4/4

Summary: “Magnus had said warlocks were avaricious, possessive beings. Well, Alec wasn’t a warlock, but he’d be damned if he let anyone touch the best thing that had ever happened to him.” The one where warlocks are being murdered, Magnus is a target, and Alec really isn’t supposed to be getting involved (but does anyway).

this may actually be my favorite malec fic ever. the writing is beautiful and the plot is amazing. also pls read everything by this author all the malec they write is absolute gold but i can’t put everything on this list.

i might make a part two later


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