Jonzi D: Theatre needs hip hop, not the other way around

(Riley Wallace)

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Innovative British choreographer and art director of Breakin' Convention Jonzi D -- credited with helping bring hip-hop culture and dance to the fore in the U.K -- joins guest host Brent Bambury to shed light on his art and journey.

JonzeD-brent-250.jpgIn 2011, the London Contemporary Dance School graduate was offered an Order of the British Empire, but turned down the honour. Jonzi talks about his reasoning behind the decision and why hip hop's evolution into theatre is only natural.

"There were dance forms that were seen as 'for the streets' many, many years ago like tap dance and jazz dance and now they're the main-stay in theatres today," Jonzi explains. "So I think if you have a look at history, you'll find that it's only natural that hip hop was going to end up in the theatre." 

"I think the theatre needs hip hop. I think theatre needs to be a little bit more legitimate today, theatre needs to represent the voice of what's happening today, and I think hip hop is the answer."

A glimpse at Jonzi D's Breakin' Convention.

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