Aeroplane man Jonzi-D ( @JonziD) on his new work ‘The Letter’, and why Hip-Hop dance is contemporary
Has hip-hop culture become mainstream? And if it is mainstream, is that a good thing? The Kennedy Center is in the midst of a three-week festival celebrating all forms of street art, and as b-boys, rappers and graffiti artists head to the operatic temple on the Potomac, some featured performers may still be asking themselves existential questions about joining the establishment.
Nagging doubts about who’s embracing hip-hop and why are the subject of Jonzi D’s “The Letter,” a 45-minute dance theater work that the British artist was scheduled to perform Friday at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. In 2011, Jonzi (real name David Jones) received a letter from Buckingham Palace offering him what’s known as an M.B.E., the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The designation would welcome him to an elite group of artists, athletes, diplomats and armed service members, and put him on the path to joining the ranks of Britain’s knights and dames
21st April 2014
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