January 22, 2014 Respond
It was refreshing therefore to witness another marriage – the successful pairing of arts and politics that was Jonzi D’s creative response to receiving a letter from the Queen. The Letter, a hip hop dance theatre piece depicts the various reactions Jonzi received to being offered an MBE. The Letter features a phone call with Benjamin Zephaniah and in light of the recent Royal Celebration of Contemporary British Poetry it is worth revisiting Zephaniah’s own eloquent rejection of joining, as he terms it, “the oppressors’ club”.
August 29, 2013 Respond
“Advertising is the greatest art form of the twentieth century”, so says Mr Marshall Mcluhan, he of the ‘medium is the message’ message. For most of my adolescence and into my early twenties I was fully onboard with this appraisal of the dark arts… however, something ended up going right.