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London 2012 Cultural Olympiad – BBC The Culture Show

Artistic Director, Tomorrow’s Men

Tomorrow’s Men is one of Jeanefer’s Learning and Participation projects, designed to address the disengagement of boys and young men from society and to support vulnerable young men build and maintain better relationships.

Building on the success of Jeanefer’s previous projects for Big Dance, Jeanefer created a large-scale Tomorrow’s Men production, working across 8 east London boroughs to deliver dance activity to a range of groups and participants.

The project was funded by the East London Business Alliance’s Transformers Grant Programme through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Big Dance 2012. Jeanefer brought together a team of male dance artists, empowering them to work with 100 young men from across east London, across a 10 week period, to build their confidence, developing their dance and performance skills. The project culminated in a large-scale performance as part of Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, Big Dance and the London Cultural Olympiad 2012. Boys, young men and male teachers performed alongside professional dancers to a huge audience in Canary Wharf.

The Tomorrow’s Men project engaged a team of influencer, including  Jazzy B and actor Riz Ahmed, who visited the participants during rehearsals, talked to the young people about their experiences, career prospects and inspired them to make their ambitions a reality.

To deliver this project, Tomorrow’s Men & East London Dance were awarded a Transformers grant, funded by The National Lottery, through the Olympic Lottery Distributor which was managed by East London Business Alliance. Tomorrow’s Men was supported by Legacy Trust UK to create a lasting impact following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The grant funded the development of ideas and the empowerment of local talent, to further inspire creativity across the UK.

Here is a film of the performance at Canary Wharf, featured on the BBC’s The Culture Show.