Hip-Hop Theatre: Recognition Without Permission | Jonzi D | TEDxWarwick by TEDx Talks   4 years ago

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Jonzi D is the Artistic Director of Breakin' Convention and Jonzi D Projects, and one of the pioneers of British hip hop culture, rapping and b-boying since its genesis in the early 80s.

Since graduating from the London Contemporary Dance School, Jonzi has been committed to the development of Hip Hop theatre. He was an Associate Artist at The Place and has performed and choreographed widely in the UK and Europe, Israel, USA and South Africa.

'Jonzi D sums up the dilemma of many second-generation immigrants in his 1998 performance piece Aeroplane Man, where, fleeing racism at home in London, he tries to make sense of his identity on an imagined plane trip to Grenada, Jamaica, New York and Africa. Performing the piece at the Apollo is a risk for Jonzi – are the Harlem audience going to tune in to the experience of an east Londoner’s troubled identity? He needn’t have worried; after a bravura performance they are on their feet.' - Financial Times

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