Joseph Toonga
Joseph Toonga

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Born to Manifest
Born to Manifest

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The Press

"It’s Us!! Not ‘I’ is an inspired, mature work and should be allowed to grace the Sadler’s Wells stage (if it hasn’t done so already!)" -

Karine Hetherington, Art Muse London.


"Joseph Toonga’s finale, It’s Us!! Not ‘I’ was breathtakingly beautiful." -

Karine Hetherington, Art Muse London.

"Toonga’s choreography sits neatly alongside the cultural signifiers of black culture" -

Lorna Irvine, fjord review

 

"So, too, ballet and urban can co-exist, Toonga is saying. There are many moments tonight where the audience is stunned into silence." -

Lorna Irvine, Fjord Review

"Born to Manifest is a song for male vulnerability, sensitivity, and the power of kinship." –

Katie Hagan, Dance Art Journal

"It is a powerful, invigorating, enraging and almost unbearably moving evocation of the experience of young black men in Britain." –

Mark Brown, Socialist Review

 

"Born to Manifest is undeniably and abundantly the real deal." –

Mark Brown, Socialist Review

 

"Born to Manifest is dance theatre of the most original and impressive kind." –

Mark Brown, Socialist Review

"Toonga's movement sees the dancers expanding their language in dramatic opposition to the elegant lightness of his own signature style." - 

Lucy Winship, Evening Standard 

Joseph Toonga

Joseph's Video Reel is here 

Joseph Toonga originates from Cameroon and was raised in East London. Joseph makes and performs dance productions relevant to the here and now which

are embedded in Hip Hop and inspired by real life stories. His craftsmanship and signature choreographic style challenges conventions commonly used in Hip Hop dance and shifts audience perceptions by addressing racial stigmas and societal stereotypes.

Commissions and stagings include Secret Cinema collaboration for the premiere of the French film Les Misérables;  Boston Conservatoire of Dance; Middlesex University; Codarts University of the Arts, Rotterdam; EDge; National Youth Ballet/ Bundesjugendballett in Hamburg, Germany;  Richard Alston Dance Company Elephant in the Black Box;  Junior Ballet Madrid;  and East Wall with Hofesh Shechter.

Alongside extensive teaching and independent commissions,  Joseph runs his dance company, Just Us Dance Theatre, a collective founded in 2007 where he has established an international Artists Development Programme in Brazil and the UK’s first annual Hip Hop Apprenticeship company. He is also co-founder of artist-led hip-hop initiative, Artists4Artists.

Joseph has received the  Best Choreography Award Reverb Dance Festival (New York) and is an Associate Artist at DanceEast. He was recently appointed  the Royal Ballet's first Emerging Choreographer where he will be mentored by Resident Choreographer, Wayne McGregor.

www.justusdancetheatre.com

@josephtoongacreates

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