Born to Protest aims to dismantle 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.
This hypersensitivity of the black body in space is magnified by Born to Protest’s cast of seven performing en masse to a soundscape which sets up an intense energy with Hip Hop beats and voice over.
Joseph Toonga works at the forefront of Hip Hop, in the UK and internationally, and Born to Protest is the first outdoor work for his company Just Us Dance Theatre. It is part of a Hip Hop dance theatre trilogy he is creating to highlight black excellence and challenge racial stigma.
There will also be a Just Us workshop with limited spaces available to explore the fundamentals of popping, Krump and freestyle within a contemporary dance context.
Supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation