African and contemporary dance double-bill at Theatre Royal Winchester

September 21, 2023

Contemporary dance enthusiasts are invited to a double-bill examining the past and the present, and rooted in African and contemporary culture, with ACE Dance and Music’s Unknown Realms, which comes to Theatre Royal Winchester on Tuesday 03 October.

Unknown Realms explores how the world we once knew is becoming one we have yet to understand. It shows us a picture of the world and what is happening now.

The two contrasting dances that celebrate mortality, perseverance and hope overcoming adversity, feature six dancers who rise from the ashes with explosive dance, and uncover the rich history of lives lived, human struggle and people letting go.

Unknown Realms is brought to the stage by ACE Dance and Music and internationally acclaimed black male dancer-choreographers Serge Aime Coulibaly from Burkina Faso, in Africa, and Vincent Mantsoe from South Africa.

Serge Aime Couilaby’s TNBT (The Night Before Tomorrow) explores a metaphorical night where people try to do their last dance before an uncertain tomorrow; while Vincent Mantsoe’s Mana traces the journey of past lives and unifies beliefs and cultures.

The two dances are performed against a soundscape designed by Andy Garbi and Yvan Talbot. Andy Garbi’s work has featured on BBC Radio 3; he has worked with the likes of Louis Vuitton and Birmingham Royal Ballet; and headlined at major festivals. Yvan Talbot has composed music for several renowned hip hop and contemporary dance choreographers and is a master Djembe (drum) and Bolon (stringed harp) player.

Following the performances there will be post-show chat.

This is a Pick Your Price show meaning audiences can select a ticket price that works best for them, making a range of shows accessible. Ticket options start from £10.

Unknown Realms will be at Theatre Royal Winchester on Tuesday 03 October at 7.30pm. For more information or to book tickets visit or call 01962 840 440.

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