About UNKNOWNREALMS – Double Bill

The world we once knew is becoming one we have yet to understand…

Rooted in African and contemporary culture, ACE dance and music have collaborated with two internationally acclaimed Black male choreographers Serge Aimé Coulibaly and Vincent Mantsoe to present UNKNOWNREALMS, a double bill thatevocatively portrays a picture of the world and what is happening now.

Performed against a backdrop of stunning scenography and dynamic multidimensional soundscapes by Andy Garbi and Yvan Talbot, the two contrasting works; The Night Before Tomorrow... and MANA, examine the past and present with consciousness and contemporary sensibility. Six dancers rise from the ashes with powerful explosive dance that uncovers the rich history of lives lived; memories, human struggle and people letting go.

The all-embracing, multi layered production celebrates sheer mortality, perseverance and hope overcoming adversity. It's more than just dance - it's a double bill with gravity and the pulse of a new generation.

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Cast and Creatives

Artistic Director: Gail Parmel MBE
CEO: Ian Parmel
Vincent Mantsoe & Gail Parmel (MANA), Serge Aimé Coulibaly (The Night Before Tomorrow…)
Andy Gabri (MANA) Yvan Talbot (The Night Before Tomorrow…)
Rehearsal Director:
Iona Waite
Imogen Cooper, Mirabel Huang-Smith, Angharad Jones-Young, Thabang Motaung, Nomasonto Radebe, Hannah Woodliffe
Lighting Design:
James Mackenzie
Catherine Cosme
Costume Design:
Ryan Laight
Juliet Thomas

About the Company

ACE dance and music are one of the few, Black-led dance companies in the UK. They champion cultural exchange; distinctive contemporary dance rooted in dance of the African diaspora and create outstanding productions that tour nationally and internationally, increasing the visibility of Black, British dance with audiences. Alongside, they have an unrivalled reputation for nurturing the next generation through an established programme and delivering excellent workshops, curtain raisers and lecture demonstrations across the country to; schools, colleges, community groups and young people of all ages and abilities, providing fun, exceptional participatory experiences to diverse communities. The company support emerging artists and companies with opportunities to refine and push creative boundaries. As leaders in Afro-fusion dance in the UK we collaborate with partners locally and internationally to progress and take the art form forward.

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