A dancer, spoken word artist and director, he is the foremost advocate for hip hop theatre who has changed the profile and influenced the development of the British hip hop dance and theatre scene over the last two decades.
He has been actively involved in British hip hop culture, rapping and bboying since its genesis. Since graduating from the London Contemporary Dance School, Jonzi has been committed to the development of hip hop theatre, performing and creating dance theatre pieces around the world. Early works include Lyrikal Fearta (1995) and Aeroplane Man (1999). Jonzi D Productions was an Associate Company of Sadler’s Wells from 2004 – 2010, through which Jonzi devised and directed TAG… Just Writing My Name (2006), IVAN (2006) and Markus the Sadist, a rap theatre piece (2009).
Since 2004 Jonzi D has been Artistic Director for Breakin’ Convention and has triumphed in raising the profile and giving a platform to hip hop disciplines, which has gained worldwide recognition as being at the vanguard of the development of the art form. His TV credits include Def Poetry Jam (HBO) and was a creative consultant on LWT’s South Bank Show special documenting the art and culture of hip hop.