Joseph Toonga's new work Born To Exist to tour the UK in 2022

Born To Exist

New work from Joseph Toonga is to tour the UK in 2022.

Hip-hop dance theatre production Born to Exist forms the third part of a trilogy which includes Born to Manifest and Born to Protest.


The acclaimed work seeks to change and overcome stigmas that society holds towards ethnic minorities by analysing representation, with an intersectional focus, to show untold, under-represented, individual stories.

Joseph combines his research with his own experiences, and those of the cast, to manifest what it means to be a human with all its ugliness, beauty, contradictions and complexity. Joseph’s process uses his choreographic style as a conduit for trauma, which enters a through a vacuum to become movement that is shared with audiences.

As with the previous two works in the trilogy, this work brings together a powerhouse of creatives with lighting design by Simisola Majekodunmi, an original score from Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and dramaturgy by Peggy Olislaegers.

Performing in the piece will be Aisha Webber, Amanda de Souza and Paris Crossley.

The tour will have its premiere at Theatre Boulevard, Netherlands in August before previewing in the UK at Taliesin Arts Centre (22 September) and holding its UK premiere at Oxford Playhouse (4 October).

The production will then tour to Worthing Theatre (5 October), Norwich Playhouse (10 October), Lowry, Salford (14 October), Riley Theatre Leeds (22 October), Edge Hill University (27 October) , Aberystwyth Arts centre (15 November) and DanceEast (26 November).

The tour will conclude on 3 December at Just Us Dance Theatre Hip Hop Festival, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil 3 December.

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Alongside this theatre production Joseph is supporting and collaborating with three black Brazilian female creatives, Clau Mayã, Emmanuele Uereaua and Fernanda Campos, to establish a social programme in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The programme called ‘Young, Gifted & Black’ is supported by Just Us Dance Theatre (of which Joseph is Artistic Director) and works to support and empower low-income black female teenagers from the favelas in Rio.

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