How To Build A Universe

Fri 19 Jan 2024



Five people find themselves in a blank void between worlds. Led by a mysterious voice, they set out on an adventure to create a new universe, one shape at a time. As they dance their way through a cosmic orientation, echoes of past creations rise and fall. The real magic happens when they must welcome new cast members from Leicester who arrive without a map or instructions. Together, they improvise, weaving a tapestry of movement and emotion to bring a new universe to life, on a journey where dance, art, and spontaneity come together to create something unique.

How To Build A Universe is the latest production from choreographer Jamaal Burkmar. Formed of two parts, How To Build A Universe showcases Extended Play‘s creative process: visually striking, mesmerising dance to intoxicating music, and improvisation with guest participants. Through a collision of music and movement, audiences are invited to uncover the elemental joy at the heart of Extended Play’s practice

How To Build A Universe is co-produced by The Place. Co-commissioned by The Place and Certain Blacks. Supported using public funding from Arts Council England. Part of Certain Blacks, Soul on Ice Festival.

Age Guidance: 8+ – This performance contains haze, racially charged and strong language, flickering light, fast-moving colour effects and loud music.
Running Time: 1 hour (with no interval)



£2 off* Under 16s
£2 off*  16-26 yrs and/or Students (with a free 16-26 & Student Membership), and Curve Connect  
£2 off* for Groups 10+
£2 off* for Groups 20+
15% off* for Members

Selected performances discount is applicable on price bands A – B only.

*Discounts are subject to availability and may be removed at any time. Only valid on certain performances - terms and conditions apply.

Credits & Acknowledgments

Choreographer Jamaal Burkmar
Dancers Imogen Wright, Alex Gosmore, Haizea Andueza, Fern Grimbley and Pablo Reyero
Producer Treacle Holasz
Lighting Designer Barnaby Booth
Costume Designer Andrew Walker
Costume Assistant Rowan Wootten
Assistant Producers Zoe Grain
Music Score James Zoo

Artwork photography by Genevieve Reeves.

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