How to build a Universe by Extended Play at ACE dance and music

ACE dance and music are proud to host the Birmingham performances of Extended Play’s newest production on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March 2024, 7:30pm.

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 Birmingham 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.


Get tickets here: How To Build A Universe Tickets, Fri 22 Mar 2024 at 19:30 | Eventbrite




A resident of Leeds, Jamaal Burkmar’s first creation was as a second year student at the Northern School for Contemporary Dance (NSCD) where he created a piece entitled Ocean. The work gained critical acclaim, was performed around the North until it became the first and only undergraduate commissioned to rework the piece for VERVE the postgraduate company at NSCD. His work is about music, it’s about the world that music creates and the world that our performers inhabit because of that. In 2021 Jamaal became one of 10 new Workplace artists at The Place and has since created and toured Donuts, co-produced by The Place. Jamaal is a Work Place Artist at The Place.


★★★★ ‘Technically beautiful with a solid heart’, ‘flawless and precise’, ‘the choreography is stunning and the performers flawless’ – A Youngish Perspective


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Choreographer: Jamaal Burkmar

Dancers: Imogen Wright, Alex Gosmore, Haizea Andueza, Fern Grimbley, PabloReyero

Producer: Treacle Holasz

Lighting Designer: Barnaby Booth

CostumeDesigner: Andrew Walker

Costume Assistant: Rowan Wootten

Assistant Producer: Zoe Grain

Music Score: James Zoo

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.