open art surgery toronto.

Artistic Director: Jonzi D
Mentor: Crazy Smooth
Community Associate-Producer: Judi from KeepRockinYou 
Line up & details: Facebook event page


Following two hugely successful editions in 2014 and 2017, Breakin' Convention is partnering with Civic Theatres Toronto and Keep Rockin You to deliver another edition of Open Art Surgery, this time at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Open Art Surgery is hip hop theatre dissected, examined and put under the microscope. It is about breaking down the fourth wall and showcasing raw talent and new work.

After spending a week working under the guidance of hip hop theatre aficionados Jonzi D and Crazy Smooth, our established and emerging artists present a brand new piece. B-Boys, B-Girls, poppers, lockers and house dancers showcase these works-in-progress to the audience who are then invited to give feedback. See it for the first time, hear their creative journey and witness cutting-edge hip hop theatre as it happens!

This year's Open Art Surgery participants include: Serouj “Midus” Aparahamian, Kalliane Brémault, Stephanie Caldeira, Johnathan Dela Cruz, Krystina Dejean, Sami “Slynks” Elkout, Bailey Eng, Kosi Eze, Mel Hart, Gabriela Jovian-Mazon, Jonathan Karpinski, Kevin Kong, Eric Liu, Cherokee Lynch and Karyin Qiu.

Please note: Open Art Surgery may contain language or content unsuitable for younger children.



Breakin' Convention's Open Art Surgery is a professional development opportunity for Hip Hop artists interested in making Hip Hop theatre. It combines an intensive week of training, mentoring and devising, culminating in the Open Art Surgery event.

Led by Breakin' Convention's Artistic Director, Jonzi D, participants workshop ideas, before being allocated studio space to develop and create new work. Artists are given the time and space to be creative and unrestricted while Jonzi remains on hand to advise at all times. Participants will also take part in a range of theatrical workshops throughout the week.

The Open Art Surgery event, which takes place at the end of the week, is hosted by Jonzi and each of the new works are presented to the audience who are then invited to critique, feedback and ask questions to the artists involved.

Open Art Surgery is not about creating finished work. The focus is to develop theatre skills within Hip Hop artists and to experiment with new ideas that could be developed further in the future. What also makes Open Art Surgery unique is the breaking down of the fourth wall to allow the audience to engage with the artists.

Thank you to Toronto Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts for their support on this project.