Joseph Toonga | Born To Exist - Riley Theatre

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joseph toonga | born to exist
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Saturday 11th February 2023

The latest work from nationally-acclaimed hip hop dance artist Joseph Toonga, Born To Exist is a call for social change. It charts the untold, underrepresented journeys of individuals of ethnic minorities, using movement as a means to explore humanity in all its ugliness, beauty, contradictions and complexity.

With lighting design by Simisola Majekodunmi, an original score from Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and dramaturgy by Peggy Olislaegers, Born To Exist brings together a powerhouse of creatives to provide the ultimate platform for activism.

Commissioned by Theatre Boulevard, The Place & DanceEast, supported by Redbridge Drama Centre, South East Dance and Arts Council England.

Ages suitability: 12+

Running time: 55 mins

Warning: Contains depictions of racism and gunshots

Part of our Multi-Buy offer

Tickets:£12 (£8)


“Toonga’s choreography sits neatly alongside the cultural signifiers of black culture”

– Lorna Irvine, fjord review

Watch the trailer