Jonzi D is the founder and Artistic Director of Breakin’ Convention.
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).
In 2013, Jonzi created The Letter, a critically acclaimed solo responding to receiving a nomination for an MBE award in 2011, and Broken Lineage, in collaboration with Ivan Blackstock.
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. Through professional development projects Open Art Surgery and Back to the Lab, Jonzi has supported hundreds of hip hop dance and rap/poetry artists on their journey to creating theatre. Jonzi is a leading British artistic ambassador. He has toured his own work internationally and has been engaged by the British Council to work on several projects including East London, West Sydney which he directed for the Sydney Festival in 2010. In 2015 he featured on TEDx Warwick and spoke at European Commission forum on creativity and diversity.
Jonzi’s TV credits include Def Poetry Jam (HBO); Faking It (Channel 4); screening of his short films Silence da Bitchin’ and Aeroplane Man (Channel 4); creative consultant on LWT’s South Bank Show special documenting the art and culture of hip hop; One Man Walking (Channel 4); presenting 4Dance for Channel 4 television and was the performance mentor for Urban Classic at Hackney Empire.