‘You say I’m just a black guy. I know who I am, do you know who I am?’

‘Born to Manifest’ is a powerful new Hip – Hop dance double bill that illuminates the experience of young black British men.

Joseph Toonga draws from real life accounts to a create a poignant, responsive piece that simultaneously champions cultural identity and challenges racial stigmas. Set to an original score from Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, this dynamic new dance work explores the power and privilege that still oppress and dictate.  Joseph delivers stark home truths through the complexity and beauty of an individual’s journey.

Creative team

Choreographer – Joseph Toonga

Performer – Theophillus ‘Godson’ Oloyade

Rehearsal Director – Ricardo Da Silva

Producer – Emily Crouch

Dramaturg/outside eye – Peggy Olislaegers, Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy MBE and Sir Richard Alston CBE

Composer – Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante

Born to Manifest – Autumn Tour 2019

Brit School Dance Festival Croydon

Sat 7th Sept



The Place

Sat 16 Nov


£17 / £13 concs


Fri 4th Oct


£12 / £9 concs

The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead

Fri 8th Nov


£14.50 / £12.50 concs – £10.50 / £6.50 Dacorum card / Under 25s

The Curve, Leicester

Fri 11th Oct


£16 – £10