Born To Exist – The Woman I Know

Born To Exist - The Woman I Know


Wednesday 5th October 2022


7:30 PM


Connaught Theatre


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60 minutes

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Choreographer Joseph Toonga’s third part of his Nationally acclaimed Hip Hop Dance trilogy

Born To Exist 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.

Alongside this theatre production Joseph is collaborating with three afro Brazilan female creatives to establish a social programme in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The progamme Young, Gifted & Black works to suppfort and empower low-income black female teenagers favela’s in Rio through dance.

About Joseph Toonga
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.

Members pre-sale Tuesday 21 June, 10am
General on-sale Friday 24 June, 10am