Ancient Futures

Unlimited Theatre & Upswing

Circus, Aerial, Music/Sound, Theatre

Blending contemporary circus and storytelling with Sound System culture and West African folklore.

About Ancient Futures

Ancient Futures is an Afrofuturism inspired outdoor spectacular that blends contemporary circus and storytelling with Sound System culture and West African folklore. 

Both a headline festival experience and a pop up installation, Ancient Futures fuses dance, circus, parkour, music and storytelling with design inspired by West African masquerade and Afrofuturism. 

Conceived and directed by Vicki Dela Amedume (Upswing) and J Spooner (Unlimited) with new music by grime artist Afrikan Boy, Ancient Futures is a durational event for festivals that fuses dance, circus, parkour, music and storytelling. 

About Unlimited Theatre and Upswing

UNLIMITED THEATRE is a company of multi-disciplinary artists and producers making new work for live performance that inspires audiences to join them in helping change the world for the better. 

UPSWING is an award-winning contemporary circus company founded in 2006. We use the human body as an expressive tool to entertain, inspire curiosity and ignite a desire to build connection. We tell new stories in extraordinary ways, amplifying and celebrating the skills, creative talents and stories of diverse artists and communities

Funding, commissioning and partner credits:

Ancient Futures is co-produced by Unlimited Theatre and Upswing. Ancient Futures has been supported by Without Walls and commissioned by LEEDS 2023; Greenwich and Docklands International Festival; Brighton Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival.

Ancient Futures has also been supported by Coventry City Council and Coventry City of Culture Trust. Co-commissioned by City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council for BD:Festival. Creation supported by 101 Outdoor Arts.

The R&D for Ancient Futures was supported by a Blueprint R&D Investment Fund

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