Breaking Festival
Zürich, Switzerland

12–15th September 2019

Finally it's time! Breakthrough is taking place from the 12th to the 15th of September at Rote Fabrik and Tanzhaus Zürich. We are looking forward to an action-packed program fort he whole Family! Come and join us...

  • Battles
    • Location: Aktionshalle, Rote Fabrik

      14th and 15th September / Rote Fabrik
      During two days you can be a witness to the spectacular Battles at the Rote Fabrik. The worldelite is coming to Zurich to enter the United Styles Europe Battle on Saturday as well as on Sunday the 7 to smoke Hawaii and the Dirty 30’s, where Bboys and Bgirls over 30 can proove that they are still as fit as they where in their beginning years and the Powermove Battle shows the Dancstyle from it’s most explosive side. Also on Saturday, kids up to 14 years of age can make their first Battle experiences in the Floor Rookies Battle. Bboy-Icon and internationally celebrated host Ivan U.A.F. (USA) and Remo Widmer (CH) on the mics are making sure together with the DJ’s Lean Rock (USA), Plash One (Pol) and Satches (CH), that the crowd at Aktionshalle will be amped. The Battles are a definate highlight at Breakthrough and provide entertainement for the whole Family!

      United Styles Europe 3 vs 3

      At United Styles Europe, the world's best crews fight for victory. The craziest moves and most daring tricks are played against each other. Definitely one of the breakdance highlights in Europe!

      Keebz (USA) / Kaos (VZL) / Dark Marc (NOR)

      Floor Rookies 2 vs 2

      The youngsters will also have the opportunity to meet each other on Saturday and gain competition experience. The family atmosphere and the joy of dancing are the most important aspects of this battle. Age limit 14 or younger!

      El Nino (USA) / Funt (UKR) / Banana Joe (CH)

      Dirty 30's 1 vs 1

      For dancers over 30 the Dirty 30's takes place on Sunday. We will see who can still keep up. Especially the many years of experience, personality and maturity stand out here.

      Robin (UKR) / Hill (MEX)

      7 to smoke 1 vs 7

      In the 7 to Smoke the best 8 dancers of the day compete against each other. A thrilling battle full of extraordinary moves! The winner can look forward to a trip to Hawaii and participation in the "Endless Summer Jam"!

      El Nino (USA) / Robin (UKR) / Leansik (USA) / Dark Marc (NOR) / Keebs (USA)

      Powermove Battle 1 vs 1

      A battle that shows the dance style from its most explosive side. The participants amaze the audience with their acrobatic performances and incredible body control.

      Kaos (VZL) / Funt (UKR) / Hill (MEX)

  • Theater
    • Location: Tanzhaus & Fabriktheater

      Urban Lingo

      12 and 13th September / 8:00 pm
      Tanzhaus Zürich, Wasserwerkstrasse 127a

      Dance company Uzumaki, Choreographer Rafael Smadja and Starchoreographer and dancer Yaman Okur will present their works and introduce you to another world.

      Three short pieces of selected urban choreographers will be presented on the newly opened Stage „Probebühne“ at Tanzhaus Zürich. See dance styles melting into one another and how new ways of movement come to live through the artists curiosity. The audience awaits a short lived Evening with live Music, presenting elements of Breaking, Popping, Hip Hop and many other urban dance styles. The passion oft he dancers will light the stage on fire and also not leave you cold.

      JE suis TOI / CIE Uzumaki (FR)
      CLAN / Rafael Smadja Kollektiv (FR/CH)
      1 mm above the ground / Yaman Okur (FR)

      Duration: 60min
      Price: 15.-
      Ticket Reservation: Thursday, 12.9.2019 / 8:00-9:00 pm
      Ticket Reservation: Friday, 13.9.2019 / 8:00-9:00 pm
      Reservation recommended, seats are limited!

      Short Pieces

      14th September / 2:45 pm and 8:00 pm
      15th September / 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm
      Fabriktheater Rote Fabrik, Seestrasse 395

      Short Pieces presents three short performances on Saturday and three different ones on Sunday, at the Fabriktheater bevore, between and after the Battles. As a special treat, the children who participated in the Kidsday will open the last Performance on Sunday (4:30pm). The pieces once again show the huge spectrum of urban dance with national artists and choreographers. Shortlived, versatile and entertaining for young and old.

      Pieces Saturday:
      Work in progres / Rus H our Company (CH)
      Breakthrough Traditions / Breakthrough Dance Company (CH)
      Trockennasenprimaten / Orlando Jehle (CH)

      Pieces Sunday:
      Ein- Stellung / House of Lia (CH)
      Maestro Maestro / Ariana Quizmolli (CH)
      Awakening / Bboy Issue (Kor)

      Duration: 30min
      Price: 20.-
      Ticket includes Battles and Exibithion oft he same day! No Presale!

  • Line up

    • Judges





  • Make A Change
    • 12 + 13th September / Location: Tanzhaus Zürich

      The socio-cultural project Make a Change is a part of Breakthrough, which gives artists the opportunity to use the festival as a platform to showcase their work and make a name for themselves.


      At the Tanzhaus Zürich the Breakdance is presented from another side and made tangible for the visitor. The photographer Oscar Kuubika Mukisa has been accompanying the Breakdance Project Uganda since the beginning and in recent years has expanded his documenting work on Uganda's breakdancing scene into the Congo and Kenya. The impressive pictures are for sale after the festival. The profit goes 100% to the artist.

  • Concert & Party
    • Location: Rote Fabrik

      14. September / 9:00 pm - 04:00 am
      Clubraum / Rote Fabrik

      This year we have a special treat for you! After the Battles and Theater performances, local Newcommer Nativ and the New York multitalented Doron Lev and Rabbi Darkside will perform all in one concert and bring the fire on the Mics! This concert is full of highlights, live music and dope lyrics for all the Hip Hop heads out there. Following the concert is the Party „Beats and Treats“ by US DJ Lean Rock to keep the vibes going.


      None combines seeming opposites as cleverly, has alowed such a deeply look into the world of emotions and has dealt so intensely with the problems of our profit-driven society and rocks the stages of the country like Nativ! No matter if you are a Boom-Bap-fan or a Trap-kid, the Rap-Giant from Bern will captivate you all. On the stage he guarantees the complete demolition!

      Doron Lev and Rabbi Darkside
      Doron Lev and Rabbi Darkside have been rocking crowds and crushing stagesfor over a decade. Both artists have their own bodies of work and solo esteem in the international Hip Hop community. In 2019 they are joining forces to present a new dynamic show that is multi-elemental and multi-instrumental, featuring Doron Lev on drums, vocal percussion, electronic percussion and MC vocals; Rabbi Darkside on turntables, beatbox, loop station and MC vocals. They will be rocking new works and celebration their collaborative catalog with this high-energy set that merges their unique talents and shared mic mastery. And spotlights their world-class freestyle prowess.

      Line up:
      Doron Lev (MC, Drums)
      Rabbi Darkside (MC, Vocal percussion)
      David Stauffacher (Percussion)
      Amik Guerra (Trumpet)
      Tony Schiavano (Bass)
      Francesco Rogazzo (Guitar)

      More about Rabbi Darkside: / Instagram / Facebook

      More about Doron: / Instagram / Facebook

      Party "Beats and Treats"

      Following the concert we continue with another special Treat with the Party Beats, that’s bringing the Vibes of Venice, California to Rote Fabrik. DJ’s Lean Rock and Leanski form the US play a mixture of old/new funk, soul, hip hop, house, bass and trap to bring both a chill and epic beach vibe.

      Price for Concert & Party: 29.- (excl. Battle entry)
      Ticket Presale Concert & Party: Rote Fabrik

  • Kidsday / Workshops
    • Location: Rote Fabrik


      Free Family workshop!
      When: 14. September, 12 pm - 1 pm
      Where: Clubraum, Rote Fabrik
      Price: Free!
      Like every time Bboy Buz is sharing his knowledge in this free Familyworkshop with everybody. Mom, Dad, Uncle or Cousin is welcome to come with the Kids and join the fun.

      Bboy Robin!
      When: 15. September, 12 pm - 1:30 pm
      Where: Aktionshalle, Rote Fabrik
      Price: 15.-
      On Sunday Bboy Robin from the Ukraine is sharing his knowledge with the more advanced Breakers. Here you can come and get tipps and secrets from our 3 time Champion!


      When: 15. September, 10:00 am – 17:00 pm
      Where: Clubraum Rote Fabrik
      Who: 1.-6. Graders
      Price: 50.-
      A maximum of 30 Kids will have the chance to spend a whole day learning about Breaking and Popping. As a little extra the kids will learn a little bit about Grafitti-Writing. A day full of Hip Hop Elements for kids from 1. – 6. Grade. At the end of the day, the Kids will show what they learned to their parents and friends as an opening to the Performance „Short Pieces“ at the Fabriktheater. Two dance coaches and two other caretakers will acompany the kids during the eventfull day. To have fun is the main goal.

      Pre Registration necessary!

      Duration: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
      Where: Clubraum Rote Fabrik
      For who: 1-6 grader
      Price: 50.-

      Performance: 4:30 pm Fabriktheater Rote Fabrik
      Registry: until 6th September 2019
      Deposit: IBAN CH47 0070 0111 7000 5581 2
      (to: Fatouma Sanneh, 8057 Zürich)
      Confirmation and more Information will follow after the deposit is made.

      Attention! Limited places. The date oft he deposit will be taken into account. Insurance is up to the participants.

    • Location: Tanzhaus Zürich

      Thursday: 12.9

      8:00 pm – 9:00 pm   Urban Lingo (Probebühne)

      Friday: 13.9

      8:00 pm – 9:00 pm   Urban Lingo (Probebühne)

      Location: Rote Fabrik

      Saturday: 14.9

      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm   Family workshop / (Clubraum)
      1:00 pm – 2:00 pm     Floor Rookies (Aktionshalle)
      2:30 pm – 3:30 pm     Warm up Cyphers (Aktionshalle)
      2:45 pm – 3:15 pm     Short Pieces (Fabriktheater)
      3:30 pm – 7:30 pm     United Styles Europe (Aktionshalle)
      8:00 pm – 8:30 pm     Short Pieces (Fabriktheater)
      9:00 pm – 4:00 am     Concert/Party / (Clubraum)

      Sunday: 15.9

      10:00 am – 5:00 pm   Kidsday (Pre Registration necessary!) / (Clubraum)
      12:00 am – 1:30 pm   Workshop
      2:00 pm – 2:30 pm     Short Pieces (Fabriktheater)
      2:00 pm – 3:00 pm     Cypherqualifikation 7 to Smoke (Aktionshalle)
      3:00 pm – 8:00 pm     Blockparty
      3:00 pm – 4:30 pm     Dirty 30's (Aktionshalle)
      4:30 pm – 5:00 pm     Short Pieces (Fabriktheater)
      4:30 pm – 5:00 pm     Powermove Qualifikation (Aktionshalle)
      5:30 pm – 6:00 pm     7 to Smoke (Aktionshalle)
      6:00 pm – 6:30 pm     Powermove + Dirty 30's Final (Aktionshalle)


      Rote Fabrik

      1 day pass
      2 day pass
      Family pass


      Family pass valid for 1 adult and 3 children or 2 adults and 2 children 4-15 years old

      Children up to 4 years free of charge
      No pre sale!

      Concert & Party


      Ticket presale Concert & Party: Rote Fabrik


      Ticket Reservation: Thursday, 12.9.2019 / 8:00-9:00 pm
      Ticket Reservation: Friday, 13.9.2019 / 8:00-9:00 pm



      Family workshop



      Wasserwerkstrasse 127a
      8037 Zürich

      > Google Maps
      By public transport:
      Tram No. 4, 13, 17 to tram stop Dammweg or Limmatplatz
      Bus No. 46 to bus stop Lettenstrasse No. 32 to bus stop Limmatplatz
      Train S 24 to Wipkingen train station

      > ZVV timetable

      Seestrasse 395
      8038 Zürich

      > Google Maps
      Tram Line 7 (e.g. from Hauptbahnhof / Bahnhofstrasse) direction Morgental. Get off at the "Post Wollishofen" stop and follow the road towards the lake. Journey approx. 15 minutes, walk approx. 2 minutes.

      Bus Line 161 or line 165 (e.g. from Bürkliplatz) to stop "Rote Fabrik". Night bus from "Rote Fabrik" on Fridays and Saturdays to Bellevue with connections to the outer quarters. Journey time approx. 6 minutes.

      Train S8 (direction Pfäffikon SZ) or S24 (direction Horgen Oberdorf) from main station to SBB station "Zürich-Wollishofen", then on foot along Mythenquai for about 300 meters out of town. Drive approx. 8 minutes, walk approx. 2 minutes.

      Ship From Bürkliplatz to Zürich-Wollishofen boat station, then walk along the lakeshore path out of town. Travel time: 12 minutes.

      Bicycle Bikepath (e.g. from Bürkliplatz) along the lake shore. Duration: approx. 10 minutes.

      Car From the highway Basel/Bern or St. Gallen/Schaffhausen follow the green highway signs in the direction of Chur until the exit Wollishofen. From there turn right and drive under the railway bridge. The Rote Fabrik is opposite the traffic lights. Note! Fortunately the parking situation is incredibly bad. There are no parking places on the area of the Rote Fabrik! There is, however, a disabled parking lot at the side entrance of the Rote Fabrik.

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