On June 13-16, the Apollo Theater will present Sadler's Wells' Breakin' Convention, an international festival of hip hop dance theater directly from the U.K. Dancers from around the world will take over the Apollo, dancing on stage, under the marquee and throughout the building. The Apollo festival will be the convention's first time outside England and the festival's 10th anniversary.
Artists slated for this first-time event are Jonzi D, Storyboard P (Brooklyn); the duo Company Sebastien Ramirez (Germany/France); ensemble Boy Blue (U.K.), Rennie Harris Puremovement (Philadelphia); Decadance (New York City); FootworKINGz (Chicago); Next Level Squad (New York City); soloists Frank Ejara (Brazil) and Jane Sekonya (South Africa); the world's best b-boys from Korea, Project Soul Collective; and locals: Ephrat Asherie Dance, Dynamic Rockers, In Da Clutch Dance Crew and the Wondertwins.
Since its inception, the festival has been under the artistic direction of international playwright and dancer Jonzi D and inspired by, he says, "hip hop, which began as a distinctly American art form in the Bronx ... [it] has extended its roots around the globe."
In addition to the weekend of performances, this four-day festival will also include workshops, discussions, live graffiti art, film clips and special tributes to hip hop dance icons.
"The Apollo has always been about introducing Harlem and New York to current trends and to 'what's next,' so we are pleased to be partnering with Sadler's Wells to bring the world's foremost dance artists to New York so we can discover what's happening globally in this important genre," said Mikki Shepard, the Apollo's executive producer. "Particularly, as this is the 40th anniversary of hip hop, it is important to explore how this art form has evolved into a global phenomenon. These are some truly gifted performers, and not only will our audiences get to see some pretty amazing and astounding performances, but they'll be able to get into the spirit of the whole festival by participating in the workshops and getting their dance moves on."
For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.
ALSO THIS MONTH
June 12-16: The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for the first time in over a decade. Under Artistic Director Robert Battle, the season will include the world premiere of Ronald K. Brown's "Four Corners," set to music by Carl Hancock Rux, Yacoub and various artists. There will be two programs.
Also on the bill will be Garth Fagan's "From Before," Jii Kylian's "Petit Mort," Ohad Naharin's "Minus 16," Brown's "Grace," Battle's "Takademe," plus Ailey's signature work, "Revelations."
For more information, visit www.alvinaliey.org.
June 12-13: Chris Walker's "A Yard Abroad," described as "an immigration narrative ... a collection of contemporary dance works exploring and engaging immigration as contemporary choreography," will premiere at New York Live Arts. The evening will feature South Facing Window, Walker's solo for Germaul Barnes, plus performances by Jermaine Rowe, Jerome Stigler and Nijawwon Matthews, Dwayne Brown, the First Wave Hip-Hop Theatre, Guy Thorne and members of his Futurpointe Dance Company. For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org.