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How To Build A Universe by Extended Play

Fri 24th Jun, 14:15 & 17:00

Run time: 30 minutes

Country: United Kingdom

Fri 24th Jun, 14:15 & 17:00

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Chamberlain Square

This is a free outdoor event

Following the critical acclaim of DONUTS, Extended Play presents How To Build A Universe, premiering at Birmingham International Dance Festival this summer.

In their latest full-length piece, choreographer Jamaal Burkmar reimagines the formation of our universe with collective human experience at its core. Through a collision of music and movement, audiences are invited to uncover the elemental joy at the heart of Extended Play’s practice.

Formed of two parts, How To Build A Universe opens with improvisation. Starting with a set of defined parameters, seven experienced dancers and a guest participant unite in an intricate choreographic constellation. Embracing imperfection, watch a unique world come to life as each performance delivers its own distinct experience.

The second half is the culmination of that creative process, Extended Play’s distinct style of visually striking, mesmerising dance.

How To Build A Universe piece centres an unrestrained love of music and movement into the fabric of this imagined universe.


A co-production by Extended Play and The Place, funded by Arts Council England

Dancers | Dorna Ashory, Fern Grimbley, Iolanda Portogallo, Lou Ditaranto, Nana Appiah, Ruby Abbas, Maya Carroll

Choreographer | Jamaal Burkmar

Producer | Treacle Holasz

Maternity Cover Producer | Zoe Grain

Marketing Support | Matilda Hunter, The Place

Dates & Times

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Friday 24 June

  • 14:15
  • 17:00

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Friday 24 June

  • 14:15
  • 17:00