TEN by ACE dance and music

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Photo credit: Danilo Moroni


presented by ACE dance and music

Mon 3 April 7:30pm – tickets on sale
Tue 4 April [closed schools performance]

Gloucester Academy, GL4 6RN

A thought provoking full-length dance production

At a time when more and more people across the world find themselves having to leave their own lands, ideas of home and belonging are changing.

To celebrate 20 years of creating and touring dance shows, ACE have reunited with choreographer José Agudo to make an extraordinary new piece TEN.

Full of both intense physical power and very human fragility, TEN explores the concepts of moving away and leaving, looking at how and why people choose previously unimagined destinies over the lives they’d always thought they’d live.

TEN continues the legacy of A Thousand Shepherds. Agudo‘s talent is often inspired by stories and spirituality, his language radiates vitality and emotion. Combining contemporary dance with an essence of Flamenco, Kathak, Martial Arts and Ballet with ACE’s inimitable Afro-fusion style, José produces dance that is visceral, impassioned and compelling.

A carefully chosen creative team brings together diverse experiences, worldly artistic vision and shared values.

In the same collaborative vein, music composition by Giuliano Modarelli layers emotive tribal vocals with evocative melodies into a dynamic soundscape created in collaboration with Beautiful Noise (Vincenzo Lamagna)

“The sheer physicality, technical ability, style and discipline were full of emotion and expression… energetic and magical.” – Birmingham Post

“This is quality contemporary dance theatre, the overwhelming strength of the evening lay in the excellent dancing and stunning lighting, which between them conveyed strongly the rather vaguely mystical-spiritual-magical-tribal-ritual atmosphere of ‘Mana’.”  – Tim Tubbs, Arts Council Dance Assessor

“Energetic, thought provoking and visually stunning, the thrilling experience had by all was confirmed by a well-earned rapturous applause. Sales exceeded all expectations with a near sell-out show”  – The Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Celebrating life, dance and the beautiful human body, ACE dance and music are thoroughly entertaining, culturally inspired and interestingly mesmerizing”  – Behind The Arras


Established in 1996 and based in Birmingham, UK, ACE dance and music is a black-led dance company, with an excellent reputation for being a leading national and international contributor to the growth and evolution of a vibrant and uniquely British contemporary dance aesthetic rooted in African and Caribbean culture.

Artistic Director – Gail Parmel
Choreographer – José Agudo
Composers: Giuliano Modarelli, Beautiful Noise (Vincenzo Lagmagna)

This performance is in Partnership with Gloucester Academy

Suitability: 7+

Please note: This performance uses haze



We are looking for 20 passionate and enthusiastic young Gloucester dancers, aged 13-25, to join ACE dance and music for a four day residency and performance opportunity.

Click here for more info and to apply – booking essential!