In-person events at Leicester dance festival

Published: 28 May 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Joseph Toonga’s Born to Protest will be performed in Orton Square, Leicester

Arts and heritage organisation Serendipity, which produces the Let’s Dance International Frontiers festival in Leicester, has announced a weekend of in-person events as part of its LDIF+ programme.

A year after protests in support of Black Lives Matter took place in the wake of George Floyd's murder, Joseph Toonga will present his new outdoor work Born to Protest which will be free to watch in Orton Square, Leicester at 4PM on Saturday 19 June.

Choreographer Toonga and his company Just Us Dance Theatre aim to “dismantle presumptions about the black male figure based on intimidation, danger and isolation, revealing instead character traits around fragility, vulnerability and a constant battle to prove oneself”.

There will be two masterclasses at Curve theatre, with Dollie Henry at 10AM on Saturday 19 June and Jonzi D at 11AM on Sunday 20 June. Both are open to professional dancers as well as graduate and student dancers.

BOP Jazz Theatre Company's artistic director Dollie Henry is known for her weekly Sunday jazz congregation dance class at Pineapple Dance Studios while MC, dancer and spoken word artist Jonzi D is said to have changed and influenced the profile of UK British hip-hop dance over two decades.