A Pioneering choreographer is bringing his new 60 minute hip-hop show to Salford.
Joseph Toonga’s production will be showcased at the Lowry Theatre tonight (February 13) at 8pm.
The production will follow the hip-hop format that Toonga is best known for.
Called ‘Born to Manifest’, it has been created by Toonga drawing upon his personal issues and experiences regarding racial stigmas and cultural identities.
Manchester & my North West peeps.
My new work 'Born To Manifest' is coming to @The_Lowry this Thursday!! Spread the word!! Your in for an Epic evening.#hiphopdance #iwasborntomanifest #blackmen #justusdancetheatre #vulnerability
— Joseph Toonga (@JToonga) February 11, 2020
Joseph Toonga said: “I feel a responsibility as a black male to empower the younger generation as a role model and example of how dance can provide a positive, successful route.”
Another main focus point of this production is mental health and the issues facing younger people around this.
Joseph added: “Mental health and black men’s experiences of it, is little discussed, which is why I am passionate about creating awareness to shift stigmas.”
Toonga, who originates from Cameroon but grew up in East London, is a very diverse dance choreographer.
He is the director of Just Us Dance Theatre, helping young and inspiring hip-hop performers develop.
Toonga’s dance style can be categorised as hip-hop with a touch of rawness, compactness and emotion mixed in.
For tickets to the showing of Born to Manifest tonight visit: https://tickets.thelowry.com/Online/seatSelect.asp?BOset::WSmap::seatmap::performance_ids=F8D0DBA3-D1EA-4A60-9924-7A958F1F6F78#_ga=2.131064015.1702052154.1581590497-89987637.1581590497.
Tickets are priced from £12.00 for adults and £10.00 for students, under 16s and Senior Citizens.