Breaking Circus Collective

Breaking Circus Collective (BCC) is a collection of contemporary circus arts working out of Kjipuktuk (Halifax, NS). Breaking Circus sets and breaks their own rules in order to create, explore and engage with the full spectrum of our human experience. The company reaches into the unknown and finds new ways to weave stories through cross-discipline experiments and integration of technology. The current collective includes the original 6 members plus a small roster of talented new recruits/ interns. BCC is Black-led with at least half of its members being IBPOC-identified since its inception in 2016. The BCC is deeply committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility and was formed out of the desire to create a supportive ecosystem for IBPOC artists and artists from other underrepresented groups. 

Led by seasoned Quebec multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger Jean-François Lemieux (Jean Leloup, Daniel Bélanger, Ariane Moffatt), and completed by Senegalese percussionist Fa Cissokho and Malian singer Djely Tapa (named Révélation CBC/Radio-Canada for the year 2019-2020 in the World Music category), the trio embodies the unclassifiable meeting of West Africa and North America in a vibrant place where tradition and the thirst to create outweigh ego. Delivering its unique Afro-electro music infused with percussive yet futuristic flavours, Afrikana Soul Sister is the happy collision of landscapes and people who don’t usually tend to intertwine. Carried by frenzied rhythms and intoxicating grooves, the outcome is a stunning, memorable experience where one can feel the powerful complicity within the trio. 

Dawn Shepherd (she/her/any)

Ryan Gray (he/him)

Aiyana Graham (she/her)

Jayden Gigliotti (he/him)

Ross Burns (he/him)

Kura Broadnax (he/him)

Adrian Bah (he/him)