Presented By Upswing & Unlimited Theatre

Ancient Futures

27 & 28 August | 2pm & 6pm | The Moorings, Thamesmead

Duration: 60min

What to Expect: Dance | Family friendly | Participate


The Afrinauts, a crew of curious visitors from another world, touch down in Thamesmead, inviting audiences to join a spectacular dance party combining circus, storytelling and sound system culture.

Featuring new music by grime artist Afrikan Boy and created in collaboration with Quantum poet Oneness Sankara, this ritual celebration combines West African folklore, fantasy and science fiction, to imagine inspiring and inclusive futures.

About Upswing & Unlimited Theatre

Upswing is a multi-award-winning UK-based contemporary circus company. Founded by Vicki Dela Amedume in 2006 who use the human body as an expressive tool to entertain, inspire curiosity, share urgent ideas and ignite a desire to build connection.

Unlimited Theatre is a company of artists and producers working internationally to create live shows, events and installations for festivals, theatres, museums, public spaces, on the internet and for broadcast. Unlimited’s mission is to inspire people to join us in helping to change the world for the better.

Supported by

Ancient Futures at GDIF 2023 is supported by Peabody and Without Walls.

Ancient Futures has been Commissioned by LEEDS 2023; Greenwich and Docklands International Festival; Brighton Festival; Stockton International Riverside Festival. Also 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. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. R&D supported by a Blueprint R&D Investment Fund.

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