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).

Ingram Model 5

Gordon Ingram returned to the US after WWII with the belief that the simplest firearms were the most reliable. In 1946, he designed his own submachine gun, which he dubbed the “Model 5” (not because it was his fifth design, but to avoid confusion with the US Army’s M1, M2, M3 and to allow for an M4). Ingram struck a deal with the Lightning Arms Co., who managed to interest the Nicaraguan government with the design, but this amounted to nothing. In the end, only a single prototype was ever made. Here, in the only known photograph of the Model 5, a young woman (who I believe is Hope Portocarrero) demonstrates the simplicity of the Model 5.


I caught a fish T-H-I-S big…on the Trinity Wild and Scenic River with #mypubliclandsroadtrip!

Popular with fisherman and pleasure boaters alike, the 43 miles of the Wild and Scenic Trinity River from Lewiston to Pigeon Point is a class I and II segment that flows out of the Trinity and Lewiston Lakes. This clear, cold section of the river is world famous for its fly fishing. Paddlers enjoy the narrow valley with Ponderosa Pine, Douglas fir, Oaks, and Madrone trees coating the walls of the canyons. If you would like more adrenaline rush, the waters below Pigeon Point rage at class III-V. Those interested in a more relaxing experience can enjoy the abundant camping options in the area or head for the trail with your friends, horses, or dog. If you would like to stay at the river’s edge, you can always swim, fish or do a little gold panning. The river can be accessed from many locations along this stretch of the Trinity River.

Whether you are bank fishing or float in a drift boat, world famous fly fishing is what you will get on the Wild and Scenic Trinity River between Lewiston and Pigeon point. Clear, cold, class I and II water flow through this section popular with fishermen and pleasure boaters alike. Several commercial guides operate on the Trinity River under BLM and Forest Service Special Recreation Permits offering guided driftboat fishing trips.

 Women in History: Queens and Princesses

8) The Last Empress of the French

Doña María Eugenia Ignacia Augustina de Palafox-Portocarrero de Guzmán y Kirkpatrick (5 May 1826 – 11 July 1920), known as Eugénie de Montijo, was the last Empress consort of the French from 1853 to 1871 as the wife of Napoleon III, Emperor of the French.