Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S from Street to Stage

Magazine article The Spectator

CUL T U R E N O T E S from Street to Stage

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Breakin' Convention, now in its ninth year at Sadler's Wells, offers a feast of hip hop for all-comers, be they newbies or hip hop heads.

Hip hop developed in the Bronx in the late 1970 s f rom a m ix o f Bboying (breakdance), graffiti art, MC-ing and DJ-ing. From streetcorner hobby of young Afro and Latin American ghetto teenagers, it exploded into a worldw ide phenomenon. The transition from st reet to stage ha s been tu rbu lent , provoking fierce debate on the direction of hip hop culture. Only Bboying seems to have maintained its integrity.

Bboying's significant theatre presence is down to strong-minded individuals who understand that the dance form does not have to remain a competitive street art. It first appeared in mixed bill shows, but it was the introduction of hip hop movements into other dance styles that put it cent re stage . …

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