Born to Manifest is a powerful new hip hop dance double bill that illuminates the experience of young black British men. After the success of Daughter, Daughter in 2018, DanceEast are looking forward to premiering Born to Manifest at the Jerwood DanceHouse on Friday 4 October, 7.30pm. Joseph Toonga aims to bring to light themes of cultural identity, racial stigmas and mental health.
Drawing from real life accounts, Joseph creates a poignant, responsive piece set to an original score from Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, a renowned producer, composer, and the co-founder of Boy Blue.
As well as a DanceEast Associate Artist, Joseph is also co-founder of Just Us Dance Theatre, a company which creates work fusing hip-hop dance, physical theatre, contemporary dance and spoken word. Joseph is at the forefront of change within dance and by bringing together and supporting different dance forms he helps to create work that audiences will be able to relate to.
‘I feel a responsibility as a black male to empower the younger generation as a role model and example of how dance can provide a positive, successful route. Mental health and black men’s experiences of it, is little discussed, which is why I am passionate about creating awareness to shift stigmas.’ – Joseph Toonga, 2018.