Born To Protest

Saturday 30 July I 3pm & 5.30pm


Basketball Court, Emslie Horniman Park, Kensal Road, London W10 5EG

Born to Protest dismantles presumptions about the black male and female figure based on intimidation, danger and isolation, revealing instead character traits around fragility, vulnerability and a constant battle to prove oneself.

Born to Protest is Joseph’s first outdoor work for his company Just Us Dance Theatre. It is the second part of a Hip Hop dance theatre trilogy he is creating to highlight black excellence and challenge racial stigma.

Joseph Toonga works at the forefront of Hip Hop in the UK and internationally. He describes himself as being in a continual search for an authentic reason to choreograph, and frequently draws on real life stories which make his work resonate with people under-represented in audiences for mainstream arts.

Just Us Dance Theatre (JUDT) is a forefronting Hip Hop organisation connecting dance communities internationally.  It actively supports early career artists and up-skills young dancers who are generally underrepresented in the mainstream.  Committed to removing the geographic, economic and social barriers that prevent people from taking part in publicly funded activities, JUDT uniquely brings together dancers and creatives from a broad variety of backgrounds including Hip Hop, Contemporary dance and the African diaspora, aiming to Inspire, Nurture & Support.

Creative / Production credits:
Just Us Dance Theatre

Trigger warnings: This show includes words and gestures about racial stigma. It is suitable for ages 12+. The performance will take place in the basketball court in Emslie Horniman Park. Free entry - no tickets required.

Image credit: Jean Philipse

Funding, commissioning and partner credits:
Born to Protest has been supported by Without Walls

This free performance is presented outdoors and does not require a ticket. Suitable for all ages. The shows will take place in the afternoon between 1pm and 6pm. There will be multiple shows to watch each afternoon, with staggered start times. This company will perform twice on the same day.

Check the website and social media on the day of performance for updated times as the weather may mean the schedule has to change. This location has public toilets. Bring sun cream and/or a coat. Please use public transport if possible rather than driving, take picnic plastic home to recycle and bring refillable drinking flasks.

Born To Protest