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Ancient Futures

Ancient Futures is a ritual and a party

A new collaboration with Unlimited Theatre, Ancient Futures binds Afrofuturist narratives, augmented reality technologies, live music and spectacular circus performance into a unique live experience.

During a successful Blueprint R&D period that took place in September 2021, Upswing and Unlimited imagined a project drawn from a rich thematic world inspired by West African masquerade and Afrofuturism, a cultural movement that uses science, technology, and philosophy to paint a vision of possible futures through a Black cultural lens.

We are working alongside poet and ‘Quantum Creative’ Oneness Sankara, and grime artist Afrikan Boy to create an extravagant, high-energy performance that fuses dance, circus and music. A full production is anticipated for summer 2023.

Commissioned by Without Walls through their Blueprint R&D scheme
(From left to right) header artwork by @creativepowerr, @paullewinart and @ig_fama