The Waste Makers at Breakin’ Convention

I met up with The Waste Makers who are working on a commission as part of the Left Coast and Breakin’ Convention event at The Grand Theatre in Blackpool. I wanted to find out more about what The Waste Makers represent and who they are:

Tell me about The Waste Makers.

It’s an experimental response to throw away culture where objects become void of function or use, but one man’s trash becomes another man’s treasure with new meaning and purpose. The experimentation with this lies in the cross collaboration of contemporary dance, street and break dance and visual arts.

Where did the idea come from?

The idea really is all around us all the time. Things thrown in the bin that then become used in an alternative way, dance moves or steps that get forgotten or reinvented. It’s all rubbish however sometimes it’s current before it becomes past history. From a visual arts perspective there is influence from Keith Haring and we began to think of space around objects and the figure, almost like the butterfly effect, or the knock on effect from a simple move or placement of something.

Who is involved?

Sarah Hall, contemporary dancer, Michelle Ramsey, street and break dancer and Garth Gratrix, visual artist.
This is the core collaboration with a wider team of four other dancers who informed and influenced the piece in its infancy: Zanna Dennis, Anthony Brings, Ryan Woods and Thomas James. Ryan and TJ are studying dance currently so the waste makers is a job opportunity and and opportunity for dance development.

You can catch The Waste Makers at Blackpool Grand Theatre’s Breakin’ Covention which opens Tuesday 3 June:

Hosted by Jonzi D and Jay Madden

DJs: Shaolin Monkeys
OPEN CIRCLE: Urban Dance Project
GRAFFITI: Mister Dee
AFTERPARTY: Blackpool’s Underbar (Over 18s)


Touring companies

ILL Abilities ILL-Abilities (International)
This international breakdance company challenges the misconceptions about people with disabilities. Their piece Limitless will leave you in awe of their ill abilities!
Ukweli Roach Ukweli Roach (UK)
From one of the founding members of BirdGang Dance Company, this ensemble piece about temptations and vice will leave you reaching for more!
Wanted Posse Wanted Posse (France)
One of France’s leading and longest running hip hop dance companies express the roots of their personal revolutions.

Local companies

ILL Abilities Freefly Crew
Blackpool’s first b-boy crew represent with breakin’, beatboxing and… ninjas?
Ukweli Roach Fy Westcoast
A fusion of street and breaking coming together with a fun comedy element.
Ukweli Roach Scream Theatre School Blackpool
Getting over your initial fears, reservations and past downfalls in order to come out on top bigger, better and stronger, in order to achieve your dreams.
Wanted Posse Urban Dance Project
The Waste Makers highlights and plays with the concept of a throwaway society – a society in which everything has the potential to be disposed – objects, furniture, clothing, art, ideas and most importantly, life and its ambitions







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