Sat 16 Nov

Joseph Toonga of Just Us Dance Theatre

Born To Manifest

£17 / £13 concs

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This powerful hip hop dance double bill draws from real life accounts to highlight the experiences of young black British men.

"You say I’m a black guy. I know who I am, do you know who I am?"

Exploring themes of cultural identity, race and mental health this poignant and responsive show features dynamic dance and an original score by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante.

"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.

"From the moment I saw Toonga’s movement vocabulary I knew we had someone very special inspiring the British dance community.  An original and fearless dance maker"  - Morag Deyes, Dance Base Artistic Director

Spectator School Event

SAT 16 NOV: Free post-show talk in The Place Cafe
Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists.

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Born To Manifest has been commissioned by DanceEast where Joseph is an Associate Artist, The Place and Redbridge Drama Centre and developed with Dance Base and B-Motion, Bassano.

Times: 7.30pm
Duration: 60 mins
Venue: at The Place

This event is part of Autumn Season 2019