About Born to Exist: the woman I know

An original and fearless dance maker

Morag Deyes MBE, Former Artistic Director, Dance Base

This Hip Hop dance theatre production forms Joseph Toonga’s third part of his nationally acclaimed trilogy that invites change, and a sense of overcoming stigmas society holds towards ethnic minorities.

Analysing representation with an intersectional focus to show untold, underrepresented, individual journeys. Joseph combines his research with his own experiences and the cast to manifest what is means to be a human and show it in all it’s ugliness, beauty, contradictions and complexity. Joseph’s choreographic style is used as a conduit for trauma, fed through a vacuum of movement and given to audiences. This work brings together a powerhouse of creatives, lighting design by Simisola Majekodunmi, an original score from Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and dramaturg Peggy Olislaegers and provides the platform for ultimate activism.

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

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