If you thought hip-hop dance could only come in the form of a guilty pleasure (see the entire Step Up critically-dubious dance movie franchise) then think again. There’s skill in them there steps, and UK hip-hop dance legend Jonzi D is back with a Sadler’s Wells show to prove it.
After years touring with his dance company Breakin’ Convention, Jonzi D is striking out on his own, in his first solo show in over a decade. Programme A is a retrospective and will showcase some of his best-known works including Guilty, Aeroplane Man and Silence the Bitchin, the latter two having been shown on Channel 4 in 1997 and 2003 respectively. But there’ll be new material too, with Programme B debuting The Letter, a ‘choreopoetic’ response to Jonzi being offered an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list.
In addition to the main programmes, there’ll also be free post-show talks with Jonzi himself and renowned musician Soweto Kinch, and special guest performances from Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante from Boy Blue Entertainment, amongst others. When it comes to dance performance you can move to – as well as move you – it doesn’t get much better than this. (Words: Jane Duru)
Lyrikal Fearta: Redux runs at Sadler’s Wells, Lilian Baylis studio, from Oct 18-20 and 25-27. For more info, visit www.sadlerswells.com/show/Jonzi-D-Lyrikal-Fearta-Redux