Black Victorians

Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates

London

2020

Black Victorians is a dance performance inspired by the discovery of hundreds of portraits of black people in England during the Victorian era. These images were deliberately airbrushed from our society for over 100 years. It is now time for this part of our British history to be told. The piece is about bringing voice and body to the characters in the portraits through movement, text and music. Audiences will experience five versatile dancers re-imagine the stories of the Victorian characters through a range of dance styles – from African & Jazz to street and contemporary dance.

About Black Victorians

Black Victorians is an engaging and curious dance performance that highlights and celebrates the diverse black presences in 19th and early 20th Century Britain. Working with leading British artists and multicultural thought leaders, Black Victorians will play a vital role in re-addressing the history books and altering our perceptions of who we are, where we came from and where we are going – not just for Black Britons, but for all of us in this shared diverse celebration. The aim of Black Victorians is to help people identify as stronger and more united and to feel proud of their joint British heritage.

A glorious assault on the senses, the Black Victorians will tour Britain, bringing a company of leading professional dancers to iconic British locations to place-make and empower, generating a sense of pride and leave behind a lasting legacy. It will be a real spectacle. Imagine disruptive Victorian costumes, arresting vocals and a bold unorthodox juxtaposition of contemporary African movement and classical court dance. Spectators will be intrigued, curious, and unsure of whether they are experiencing a celebratory parade or protest march. The performance will challenge, intrigue and entertain.

About Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates

Harnessing over 20 years’ experience, Jeanefer is a globally respected Creative Artist and Producer who has worked in over 21 countries, and whose accomplishments appear in the Guinness Book of World Records. Her company, Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates, is an industry leader in developing, directing and delivering creative responses for large-scale events and offer ambitious, innovative and empowering responses to client needs.

Jeanefer has designed and delivered artistic solutions for some of the world’s most iconic organisations. Her extensive portfolio includes opening ceremonies, global sporting events, festivals, carnivals and parades. A skilled communicator, Jeanefer is an expert in collaborative working and in delivering a cohesive vision to inspire, entertain and empower.

Her unique creative process and approach to large-scale multiple artform events draw together and bring to life, talents, strengths and shared stories of individuals, organisations and cultures, in inspiring and unforgettable ways.

Find out more about Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates visit the website here.

Creative / Production credits

Creative Director & Choreographer: Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Set & Costume Designer: Marsha Roddy

Mike Patterson: Theatrical Engineer

Creative dance artists and performers: Kloe Dean, Cherilyn Albert, Rhys Dennis.

Composer: Dj Walde

Poet & Writer: Anthony Anaxagorou

Production Manager: Viviana Rocha

Producer: TBC

Funding, commissioning and partner credits:

Initial financial support given by Historical Royal Palaces R&D Studio for Phase 1 & 2 of the research and development.

R&D investment through Without Walls Blueprint.