The Apollo Theater presents the return of London’s Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed international hip-hop dance theatre festival—Breakin’ Convention, one of the world’s greatest celebrations of hip-hop culture. The festival, a collaboration with London’s Sadler’s Wells and now in its third year at the Apollo, provides a platform for the Theater to celebrate its hip-hop legacy and to highlight the global impact of contemporary hip-hop culture through both mainstream and experimental dance.
This year’s festival will directly address several pressing issues that are part of America’s current sociopolitical landscape through performances and accompanying events, with highlights including an artist talk with dancers Jon Boogz and Lil Buck centered on dance as a tool for social justice and prison reform.
Curated and hosted by nationally recognized U.K. hip-hop emcee and theater pioneer Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention will take over the entire Apollo building and will include performances by world renowned dance companies and local crews. In addition to the mainstage performances, this year’s Festival is expanding to a week-long series of events and activities consisting of artist talks, master classes, dance workshops, freestyle sessions, an art exhibition by Carlos “Mare139” Rodriguez, and special Breakin’ Convention-themed editions of the Theater’s signature programs, Apollo Music Café and Family Workshop.
“With this festival, we are creating a global dance experience through a series of events building on New York’s and most importantly, the Apollo’s hip-hop roots. The Apollo has always been a pioneer in the hip-hop and dance realms, and we are ecstatic to be partnering with Sadler’s Wells Theatre to bring this international movement back to New York, the birthplace of hip-hop,” said Kamilah Forbes, Apollo Theater’s Executive Producer.
Tickets for Breakin’ Convention are $28.50 – $48.50. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th Street, and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are on sale now.