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Black Victorians

Duration: 35 minutes

This powerful and moving dance performance by Artistic Director and Choreographer Jeanefer Jean-Charles is inspired by nineteenth-century studio photographs of black men, women, and children. Exploring a complex, but often forgotten black presence in pre-Windrush Britain, this performance calls attention to previously hidden figures and challenges historical and contemporary perceptions.

“Inspired by formal portrait photography of black Victorian Britons, Jeanefer Jean-Charles’s sensual dance work restores life and humanity to its forgotten subjects.”

The Guardian, Sanjoy Roy

★★★

Touring in 2021

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival  

Guildhall Yard – City of London || 31st August-2nd September, 1pm & 6pm. Free.

St George’s Garrison Church, Woolwich || 10th & 11th September, 2pm & 6pm. Free.

Birmingham International Dance Festival

Midlands Arts Centre || 25th September (2pm & 5.30pm) & 26th September, (3pm). Free.

Cast & Creative Team

Designer: Marsha Roddy

Producer: Alison Holder

Composer: Danilo DJ Walde

Poet: Anthony Anaxagorou

Rehearsal Director: Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster

Writer: Hassan Mahamdallie

Creative Consultant: Martha Stylianou

Stage Manager: Cynthia Franklin

Creative Dance Artists: Melissa Bravo, Dani Harris-Walter, Oluwaseun Olayiwola, Nosiphiwo Samente, Duja Sinada.

Supported by

Black Victorians is produced and co-commissioned by FESTIVAL.ORG, Brighton Festival, Hatfair and Without Walls and is currently touring across the UK.

Black Victorians is inspired by Black Chronicles – The Missing Chapter, an ongoing archive research programme led by Autograph focused on unearthing nineteenth-century photographs of black presences in Britain.

“Black Victorians is inspired by 19th-century studio portraits of black families, Jeanefer Jean-Charles draws parallels between the photographs’ stiff, formal poses and the stultifying societal constraints surrounding these individuals… a hugely promising work-in-progress dance piece.”

★★★★ Dave Fargnoli, The Stage