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DIG 21: Joseph Toonga | Born to Protest

DIG 21: Joseph Toonga | Born to Protest

DIG 21: Joseph Toonga | Born to Protest


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Free - ticket required
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0845 330 3501
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Dates and times

15th - 16th Oct 2021
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Friday 15 and Saturday 16 October at:
11.30am to 12.05pm
2.30pm to 3.05pm 
in Queens Park Arena 

Free but advance booking required

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.

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 performing en masse to a soundscape which sets up an intense energy with Hip Hop beats and voice over.

Highly Visual / No or Little Text

Audience Notes
Cast make monkey chanting sounds which could be triggering.

Recommended for ages 12+

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. 

Venue Map


Queens Park Arena

G42 8QR