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Joseph Toonga works at the forefront of Hip Hop in the UK and internationally. He describes himself as being in a continual search for an authentic reason to choreograph, and frequently draws on real life stories which make his work resonate with people under-represented in audiences for mainstream arts.

Born to Protest is Joseph’s first outdoor work for his company Just Us Dance Theatre. It is part of a Hip Hop dance theatre trilogy he is creating to highlight black excellence and challenge racial stigma. It follows the male duet created in 2019 Born to Manifest that toured to 14 UK venues in 7 months in 2019/2020 illuminating the experiences of young black British men

Born to Protest aims to dismantle presumptions about the black male and female figure based on intimidation, danger and isolation, revealing instead character traits around fragility, vulnerability and a constant battle to prove oneself. This hypersensitivity of the black body in space is magnified by Born to Protest’s cast of seven performing en masse to a soundscape which sets up an intense energy with Hip Hop beats and voice over.

Born to Protest is a Stomping Ground commission which is an initiative of The Place, DanceEast, DanceXchange and Greenwich & Docklands International Festival. The
work is also supported by Redbridge Drama Centre and the Arts Council England. The work will be touring across the UK & Europe from JUNE to OCTOBER 2021.









WATCH THE TRAILER HERE
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SEPTEMBER TOUR DATES & LOCATIONS:

4th & 5th September - Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Columbus Courtyard, Canary Wharf

11th September - Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, General Gordon Square, Woolwich

12th September - Millennium Green, Bridport

18th & 19th September- Out there Festival, Great Yarmouth

24th September - DEDA, Derby City Centre Museum of Making

25th September - Re:Claim Southampton City Centre Street Festival

25th & 26th September - Birmingham International Festival

* The Tour information will be updated monthly.










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CAST LIST
Choreographer – Joseph Toonga
Rehearsal Director – Ricardo Da Silva
Producer – Emily Crouch
Composer – Michael ‘Mikey J’Asante
Performers – Aisha Webber
Cache Thake
Dani Harris - Walters
Dilyon Graham
D'jon McTernan
Kyron Anthony
Leroy Kanyowa
Malachi Lewis
Stefano Addae










In Partnership with Birmingham International Dance Festival, DanceXchange & PunchRecords

Join Hip Hop dance artist @josephtoongacreates and his renowned company @justusdancetheatre this summer in a series of exclusive in-person workshops, where you can be part of the ensemble cast for his new work ‘Born to Protest’.

Born to Protest dismantles presumptions about black male and female figures based on intimidation, danger and isolation - revealing instead character traits around fragility, vulnerability and a constant battle to prove oneself.

Joseph is keen to work with communities in North West Birmingham, particularly those from Black, Asian or other global majority backgrounds, and those who have experienced racism.
!! This is a chance to perform with the professional cast at Birmingham International Dance Festival !!

Workshops
20, 21, 23, 24 September / 18:30-20:00
Performances
25 September / 12:00-19:30












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