Joint Artistic Directors & Producers - Jeanefer Jean-Charles MBE & Ali Pretty

The Thank You Dance

Date: Sunday 5th June 2022
Location: Westminster and along The Mall past Buckingham Palace, London, UK

Jeanefer Jean-Charles MBE from Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates and Ali Pretty from arts organisation Kinetika were commissioned to create a section for the Queens Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant, as part of an extended Bank Holiday Weekend, took place on Sunday 5th June 2022.  It provided an opportunity for everyone to celebrate this historic milestone of Her Majesty the Queen as the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee with 70 years of service.

The Thank You Dance was a spectacular, visually stunning and animated movement section beautifully adorned with the designs by Ali Pretty, artistic director at Kinetika and danced to the amazing composition by DJ Walde (composer, musician, consultant, DJ and performer).

It featured over 250 performers drawn from across generations in Thurrock, London and Milton Keynes adorned in silk. 

The Thank You Dance was the finale of Act III: Let’s Celebrate.

The section took inspiration from the work of:

*Our key workers – and the essential role they have played throughout the pandemic

*Our volunteers who have stepped up with kindness to look after their neighbours

*Our young people who are actively taking responsibility for the future of our planet

The Thank You Dance joined The Pageant which wound through the streets of Westminster and along The Mall past Buckingham Palace telling the story of Her Majesty’s record reign and our transforming society over this period.

"The Thank You Dance was really about thanking our key workers, not only those working during the pandemic but the people who have dedicated their lives to helping us in our communities."

Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates,

Jeanefer Jean-Charles MBE

Photo credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Team

There was a huge and dedicated team behind the Thank You Dance, including artists, costume makers, partners including IF: Milton Keynes and The Stables MK alongside associate choreographers working with performing arts groups from Thurrock (South Essex College) and Milton Keynes (Arts One), as well as dancers from Impact Dance.

Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates Extended Teams

Kloe Dean – Associate Choreographer with Jeanefer Jean-Charles for the Thank You Dance

Charlene Low – Associate Choreographer and Assistant with Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Melanie Joseph – Associate Choreographer and Assistant with Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Hakeem Onibudo – Choreographer for Impact Dance and Associate Choreographer with Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Kate Taylor – Lead Choreographer for Milton Keynes and Associate Choreographer with Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Lucy Heale – Lead Choreographer for Thurrock and Associate Choreographer with Jeanefer Jean-Charles

For further information about The Queens Platinum Jubilee Pageant please visit the Pageant website.

“I wanted to go the extra mile for this once in a lifetime occasion”

Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates

Jeanefer Jean-Charles MBE

Black Victorians

Duration: 35 minutes 

This powerful and moving dance performance by Artistic Director and Choreographer Jeanefer Jean-Charles MBE 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

2024 TOUR DATES

SUN 2 JUN, 1.30PM - Taliesin Dance Days Festival (Swansea)

SAT 13 JUL, 2.15PM - National Theatre River Stage part of Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (London)

FRI 26 JUL - Latitude Festival - The Waterfront Stage (Suffolk) - Time TBC

2023 TOUR DATES

FRI 14 JUL - SUN 16 JUL - Festival Dos Canais (Portugal) 

THURS 27 JUL - SUN 30 JUL – Gratis Festival (Antwerp)

SAT 12 AUG – Kensington + Chelsea Festival (Kensington, London)

SAT 30 SEPT – SUN 1 OCT – Bournemouth Arts By The Sea Festival (Bournemouth, Dorset)

SAT 4 NOV - The British Museum (Great Court, London)

2022 TOUR DATES

FRI 24 JUN - SUN 26 JUN, VARIOUS TIMES - Birmingham International Dance Festival

SAT 2ND JUL - SUN 3RD JUL, VARIOUS TIMES - Handsworth Park (North Birmingham)

SAT 30 - SUN 31 JUL - Merchant City Festival (Glasgow)

SAT 13 - SUN 14 AUG - Kensington and Chelsea Festival (London)

FRI 26 AUG - The Big Feast (Stoke-On-Trent)

SAT 27 AUG, 2.15PM & 6.15PM - Greenwich & Docklands International Festival 2022 (London)

SUN 18 SEPT, 2PM & 4PM - Lancashire Encounter (Preston)

SAT 24 SEPT 12.45PM & 3.30PM - Derby Festé 2022 (Derby)

SUN 16 OCT, 1PM & 3PM - Wilderness Street (Ilford)

2021 TOUR DATES

29 MAY - Brighton Festival         

30 & 31 MAY – Salisbury (Wiltshire Creative)     

27 JUN - 101 Outdoor Arts        

3 & 4 JUL - Hat Fair (Winchester)

24 & 25 JUL – Milton Keynes International Festival        

31 AUG – 2 SEPT - City Of London         

10 & 11 SEPT – Greenwich+Docklands International Festival  

25 & 26 SEPT - Birmingham Dance International Festival

Cast & Creative Team

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Producer: Alison Holder

Designer: Marsha Roddy

Composer: Danilo DJ Walde

Poet: Anthony Anaxagorou

Rehearsal Director: Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster, Cherilyn Albert

Writer: Hassan Mahamdallie

Creative Consultant: Martha Stylianou

Stage Manager: Cynthia Chika Franklin

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

Reserve Dance Artists: Rudzani Moleya, Stefano Addea

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 accompanied by a display of the Black Chronicles’ Exhibition In A Box presented in association with Autograph, London.

Black Victorians is produced and co-commissioned by FESTIVAL.ORG, Brighton Festival and Without Walls and is available for touring in 2024.
Black Victorians is produced and co-commissioned by FESTIVAL.ORG, Brighton Festival, Without Walls and HatFair and is available for touring in 2024.

Black Victorians is available for touring.

For more information and bookings, contact alison@festival.org

Mass Movement Director

Jeanefer Jean-Charles worked alongside long-term collaborator Walk The Plank as Mass Movement Director for the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games opening ceremony in the Isle of Man. Following a series of workshops leading up to the event, Jeanefer visited the Isle of Man to direct the mass choreography, which included a cast of over 300 dancers and 20 parkour artists.

"I'm delighted that the Isle of Man is hosting a major international sporting event. Thank you for welcoming the Commonwealth family to your shores"

Isle of Man 2011 Opening Ceremony,

HRH Prince Edward, Vice-Patron

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