The Apollo’s next Global Festival is currently being planned. Watch this space for details!
The Apollo Theater launched its first global festival in June 2013 with the North American premiere of Breakin’ Convention, a hip hop dance theater festival produced annually by Sadler’s Wells London. Since its inception, Breakin’ Convention has been under the artistic direction of internationally acclaimed playwright and dancer Jonzi D and has expanded its activity to include tours across the United Kingdom. The Apollo festival was its first tour outside UK and marked the festival's 10th anniversary.
Festival participants included individual dance artists and companies from across the globe: Compagnie Sébastien Ramirez (Germany/France), Boy Blue Entertainment (UK), Rennie Harris Puremovement (Philadelphia, US), Decadancetheatre (NYC, US), FootworKINGz (Chicago, US), NextLevelSquad (Brooklyn, US), Frank Ejara (Brazil), Jonzi D (UK), Jane Sekonya (South Africa and UK), Project Soul Collective (South Korea), and local favorites Ephrat Asherie Dance, Dynamic Rockers, In Da Clutch Dance Crew, and The Wondertwins.
In addition to three Mainstage performances, the Breakin’ Convention festival also offered a series of free events: a panel discussion at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, three evenings of live dance and graffiti art entitled, a school day workshop with Full Circle Soul, two mornings of family hip hop workshops with Full Circle Soul, and two nights of freestyling hip hop dance happenings.