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ACE dance and music

A thought provoking and powerful double bill of dance directed by Gail Parmel

The power within

Delving deep into the unknown, Mana will take you on a journey. Feel the hairs on your neck stand up and shivers down your spine as you encounter the force which resides within all animate and inanimate objects, the stuff of which magic is made.

Watch exceptional dancers express soul, energy and precision to a stunning backdrop of commissioned music and cutting-edge lighting design, with movement styles drawing from Afro-fusion, Martial Arts techniques, the essence of Flamenco and Ballet.

A Thousand Shepherds: Spanish choreographer José Agudo creates ‘A Thousands Shepherds’, an energetic celebration of discipline and dedication, inspired by spiritual traditions and ritual.

Mana(same name as double-bill): South African Choreographer Vincent Mantsoe will take you back to ancient times, evoking the spirit and earthy ambience of African dance and Shaman traditions.

The word ‘mana’ is used in over twenty-four languages, it's interpretation unifies beliefs, cultures and ages.

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Founded in 1996, ACE dance and music (African Cultural Exchange Ltd.) is a professional dance Company based at The Link Dance Space in Birmingham. ACE skilfully combine African & Caribbean movement aesthetics with contemporary techniques to create high quality innovative performance work. The Company’s work involves dance & music collaborations, the use of new digital media and techniques from other disciplines including theatre.

ACE offer an extensive & inclusive outreach programme, working with theatres to offer taster sessions & creative workshops to schools, colleges & the local community. Contact ACE or visit the website for details & to find out more about ACE Youth.


Directed by: Artistic Director Gail Parmel
Music Director: Ian Parmel
Mana Choreography: Vincent Mantsoe
A Thousand Shepherds Choreography: José Agudo

Dancers: Rudi Cole, Yukiko Masui, Sophia Preidel, Julia Robert, Iona Waite, Jerome Wilks
Apprentices: Tiffany Bell, Shante Liburd
Set Designer: Claire Whitcomb
Lighting Designer: Gary Bowman
Composer: Vincenzo Lagmagna
Costume Maker: Le Minh Tran
Photography: Brian Slater
Design: www.theliftcreativeservices.com

José Agudo’s collaborators: Dramturge: Lou Cope Costume Designer: Kimie Nakano



Suitable for age 7+ // Running Time: 1 hr approx. (plus interval)
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