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Ancient Futures

Ancient Futures

Unlimited Theatre and Upswing


Afrofuturism inspired outdoor spectacular Ancient Futures blends contemporary circus and spoken word with Sound System culture and West African folklore.

Ancient Futures fuses music, dance, circus, spoken word and hip hop with design inspired by West African masquerade and Afrofuturism.

Our fabulous Afrinauts arrive from another dimension as curious visitors, welcoming willing participants to witness their unique community. Audiences are invited to join their ritual to launch us into a new reality that promises to build a more vibrant, positive and inspiring future than we might otherwise be heading towards. Conceived and directed by Vicki Dela Amedume (Upswing) and J Spooner (Unlimited) in collaboration with Quantum poet Oneness Sankara with new music by grime artist Afrikan Boy.

Ancient Futures is co-produced by Unlimited Theatre and Upswing. Ancient Futures has been supported by Without Walls and commissioned by LEEDS 2023; FESTIVAL.ORG & GDIF; Brighton Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival. Ancient Futures has also been supported by Coventry City Council. Co-commissioned by City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council for BD:Festival. Creation supported by 101 Outdoor Arts using public funding by Arts Council England.

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

Audio Introduction

For audience members with visual impairments, please refer to our audio introduction below.