In Worlds Unknown

By Seke Chimutengwende
A brand new work with choreography by Seke Chimutengwende with poetry written and performed by the Candoco dancers.

A group of people are lost on an island. Or is it a desert, a forest, an abandoned city? It keeps shifting. They are trying to find a way to cooperate with each other and communicate with the outside world. They’re also trying to kill time as they wait. Will they find a way out? Will they be rescued? Or will they perish?

In Worlds Unknown explores themes of lostness, uncertainty, navigation and survival and the radically different ways individual people experience a collective sense of lostness.

Combining intricate choreography with poetry, written and performed by the dancers. Amidst a dense sea of choreography, the dancers deliver a collective poem evoking scenes of lostness, navigation and survival.

Insight films

Go behind the scenes and learn more about the making of In Worlds Unknown.

Go behind the scenes and learn more about the making of In Worlds Unknown with Audio Description.

Jamie McCarthy, composer, shares his creative approach

Ben Ash, dancer, on improvisation and creating text

Markéta Stránská, dancer, shares her experience of Seke’s process

Vanessa Abreu, Guest Artist, on collaboration

Ihsaan de Banya, dancer, on text, movement and sound


The poem that is delivered and captioned in the performance of In Worlds Unknown was written by the performers and directed and edited by writer Eleanor Perry.

The collective poem is shared in the download section below for your enjoyment.

Production details


Seke Chimutengwende

Written Direction

Eleanor Penny with text written by the Candoco dancers


Jamie McCarthy

Lighting Design

Marty Langthorne

Costume Design

Shanti Freed

Deaf Consultants

Sue MacLaine and Duffy

Creative Captions

PJ Davy

Co-commissioned by

Warwick Arts Centre

Supported by

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance


Camilla Greenwell


Roswitha Chesher



Running Time

20 minutes


About In Worlds Unknown

Easy Read

In Worlds Unknown poem


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