Joseph Toonga is originally from the Cameroon and was raised in East London. His company Just Us Dance Theatre combines the rawness, compression and precision of Hip-Hop with contemporary choreography. The company has grown over ten years to use this practice to communicate real life stories, extending and sharing the rich cultural offer of Hip-Hop to audiences and participants of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and cultures.
Born to Manifest is Just Us Dance Theatre’s latest 60-minute Hip-Hop programme which has been commissioned by The Place, Redbridge Drama Centre and DanceEast where Joseph is an Associate Artist.
The titular opening solo, performed by Joseph himself, sets a mental health agenda, using real-life accounts and an original score by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante as the starting points. The second part of the double bill is a new duet with fellow Just Us founder Ricardo Da Silva which portrays strong friendship and the value of social support.