Just Us Dance Theatre
Just Us Dance Theatre was founded in 2007 by artists Joseph Toonga, Ricardo Da Silva and Rudeen February who shared a passion for Hip-Hop dance, physical theatre, contemporary Dance and Spoken Word. They were fascinated with the rawness, compactness and precision that Hip-Hop provides and how they can fuse it with the shaping and structure more commonly used in contemporary choreography.
These are used as tools to give the company its unique expressive style, creating a unique movement vocabulary relating to a widely varied audience. The work involves nothing too clever or complex but great depth in meaning and performance.
Impressing and bringing enjoyment to every individual and creating accessible pieces appealing to audiences outside of dance as well as in dance.
Just Us aims to work around an ethos to inspire, nurture and support and aims to provide the conditions for artists to create and collaborate.
Through Just Us Dance Theatre Artist Director Joseph has established two mentoring programmes (Lets Shine Mentorship and New&Notable) to support and provide the tools and opportunities for young emerging Hip-Hop dance theatre artists to achieve their goals.
Joseph Toonga originates from Cameroon but was raised in the East end of London. As an artist Joseph is fascinated with the rawness, compactness and precision that Hip-Hop provides and how he can fuse it with the shaping and structure more commonly used in contemporary choreography. He aims to create a unique vocabulary, whilst incorporating storytelling and narrative to his work to explore and physicalize emotive themes relevant in today’s society.
Through Just Us Dance Theatre Joseph has established two mentoring programmes (Let’s Shine Mentorship and New & Notable) to support and provide the tools and opportunities for young emerging Hip-Hop dance theatre artists to achieve their goals.
Joseph has also been commissioned to make work for: German National Youth Ballet, Richard Alston Dance Company, -Edge Postgraduate Company, Middlesex University, Codarts School and Intoto (London studio 3rd years) He has also won festivals in both the EU and USA and has also performed in Italy Bmotion, Nederlandse Dansdagen, Holland, USA, Canary Islands and around the UK.
As well as creating work that has a unique expressive style and is relatable to the masses, as an artist Joseph is very passionate about impacting the youth of today through dance.