Jonzi D

Type of work
Dance/music theatre

Choreographer and rap artist Jonzi D has been at the forefront of British underground hip-hop since its inception in the early 1980s. Graduating from London Contemporary Dance School in 1993, Jonzi D. has danced and choreographed widely in the UK and Europe, Israel, USA and South Africa. In 1995 he collaborated with MC Mello, toured with Gangstarr and was creative consultant on the LWT South Bank Show Special documenting the art and culture of hip-hop. He was an Associate Artist at The Place, London and is the creator and host of the successful Apricot Jam, an infamous monthly club event consisting of live music, hip-hop and open mic sessions.

Review extracts
Aeroplane Man
“…he is an issues-driven performer but has the technique, the skill and the charisma to pull off thrilling entertainment pieces that give voice to the alienated. Prepare to be amazed.” The Metro

“Aeroplane Man ended the festival at The Place Theatre by asserting all the values you’d hope for – technique, thoughtfulness and abundant entertainment. …. You get the issues, but you get the skills too.” The Telegraph

“…the final duet, Us Must Trust Us, by the rapper/choreographer Jonzi D. is most obviously plugged into the black scene. But pleasingly it reverses the usual hip-hop machismo…. The two dancers look and sound like themselves while the piece itself is like nothing else on the mainstream stage – black or white.” The Guardian

Production highlights
Aeroplane Man
Jonzi D, alongside an eclectic ensemble of emcees, dancers and musicians, present the full-length version of his critically acclaimed solo. The true story of a black man’s journey from East London, on a global quest to find his spiritual homeland.

The Apricot Jam
Hosted by Jonzi D,featuring the cream of underground rap and poetry acts, the World Famous ‘bring yer beat’ open mic section, giveaways and general good vibes, all backed up by acoustic hip hop from the Apricot Jam band.

Bustin’ Moves is an interactive hip-hop dance jam……….. an invitation to all those heads out there that wanna throw down!! It features dance artists from the UK hip-hop circuit, e.g. Benji Reid and Banksy, in an environment geared towards pushing the boundaries of clubdance………old skool and new skool b-boyism, poplocking, boogie to lyrikally motivated movement, mime, tap whatever!

Lyrikal Fearta is written, directed and performed by Jonzi D. Hip-hop culture and contemporary theatre are seamlessly fused in this ground breaking multimedia production. Tales of the urban battlefield, seen through the eyes of a young black male in the belly of the B-East London.

Preview of a new work written by Jonzi D and Jane Sekonya
Jonzi D and Jane Sekonya share their experience of hurricane IVAN through a fusionof rap-poetry, dance and film.

Permanent staff
Artistic Director: Jonzi D

Contact details
Jonzi D Projects
c/o Sadler’s Wells
Rosebery Avenue
London EC1R 4TN

Picture: Jonzi D
Photograph: Clare Judge

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