Presented By Joseph Toonga, Just Us Dance Theatre

Born to Protest

Part of Dancing City and Healing Together

4 & 5 September | 11 September

Duration: 35 mins

What to Expect: Sensory spectacle


This timely production dismantles presumptions about the black male and female figures based on intimidation, danger and isolation, revealing instead character traits around fragility, vulnerability and a constant battle to prove oneself. A cast of seven delivers this important message with aenergising soundscape featuring Hip Hop beats and voice over. 

What to Expect: Make Some Noise

Recommended Age Guidance: 12+

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Site Access

Visit the Dancing City or Healing Together page for more information.

Show Access


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome
  • BSL Interpreted

Content & Trigger Warnings: Throughout Born to Protest there are monkey chants performed which could be triggering for audience members.

Access content will be available online via your mobile phone. Please bring a charging pack if you are concerned about battery use.


Large-print and Easy Read versions of the festival brochure will be available to download in advance or to pick up on the day. Visit our Access page for more information.

Where to find it

Born to Protest will be performed at:

Dancing City – Columbus Courtyard, Canary Wharf, E14 4DA | 4 & 5 September

Healing Together – Woolwich Town Centre, Woolwich | 11 September

Dancing City

Columbus Courtyard

Healing Together

Woolwich Town Centre

About the company

Just Us Dance Theatre (JUDT) is a forefronting Hip Hop organisation connecting dance communities internationally. It actively supports early career artists and up-skills young dancers who are generally underrepresented in the mainstream.

Committed to removing the geographic, economic and social barriers that prevent people from taking part in publicly funded activities, JUDT uniquely brings together dancers and creatives from a broad variety of backgrounds including Hip Hop, Contemporary dance and the African diaspora, aiming to Inspire, Nurture & Support.

Artistic Director of JUDT Joseph Toonga 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.

Supported by

Born to Protest is supported by Just Us Dance Theatre and Arts Council England. Born to Protest is a Stomping Ground Commission, a consortia made up of FESTIVAL.ORG, The Place, DanceXchange, and Glasgow Tramway.

Dancing City is supported by Canary Wharf Arts+Events and Arts Council England.

Healing Together is supported by the Royal Docks and Newham Unlocked.

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