Jeanefer Jean-Charles has been awarded an MBE in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours List.
Creative Director and Producer Jeanefer Jean-Charles from Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates is among well-known faces from the arts recognised in the Platinum Jubilee Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Jeanefer, with over 20 years’ experience devising, creating, facilitating, and directing dance and movement for performance, receives an MBE for services to dance.
For over 20 years Jeanefer has designed and delivered artistic solutions for some of the world’s most iconic events including a section for the Queens Platinum Jubilee Pageant, the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace, all four of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, The F.A. Cup Final 2016 Opening Ceremony at Wembley, and the first-ever Big Dance – which broke a world record.
HM The Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours List 2022 marks the public service of individuals across the UK in celebration of Her Majesty’s 70 years of service.
Date: Sunday 25th June 2022
Location: Port of Tilbury
Taking place from the 2 – 25 June, T100 People will feature a series of events, walks, talks and community celebrations along the Thames Estuary, including the return of The Thank You Dance to Thurrock, a section of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant created by artistic directors and producers Jeanefer Jean-Charles MBE from Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates and Ali Pretty from Kinetika and featuring Thurrock key workers, volunteers and community members.
T100 People will culminate on Sunday 25 June with a spectacular finale at the Port of Tilbury, as The Thank You Dance comes home to Thurrock.
Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates,
Date: 16 October to 17 October 2021
Location: London Borough of Newham
Client: Rosetta Arts
Newham Unlocked Festival: Plaistow and Green Street was a month-long celebration of unity and community with two landmark events on the weekend of October 16 and 17.
The weekend programme included a specially commissioned Mass Movement parade of 60 dancers from six community groups accompanied by a live band and a fun-packed programme on the outdoor stage in Plaistow Park with performances by singers, poets, dancers, DJ’s and more.
The powerful dance parade in the centre of Queen’s Market was inspired by Green Street as a celebration of the local community.
Chief Executive, Rosetta Arts,
As part of a 2019 exchange project with the city of Norwich and the town of Tilbury, Jeanefer Jean-Charles worked with Norwich City Council and Kinetika to deliver an integrated public engagement programme, culminating in a spectacular procession, part of a city-wide celebration.
People Power Passion was a five month-long programme, part of Luton’s Pilot Year of Culture bringing Luton’s communities and cultures together. This was part of the city’s strategic vision for the arts, culture and creative industries which includes plans to bid for UK City of Culture 2025.
Commissioned by Luton Town Council, Jeanefer Jean-Charles worked as Performance Director for The People’s Launch, an explosive immersive performance outside the Town Hall, looking back on the 1919 riots in Luton.
Jeanefer Jean-Charles was commissioned by the Greater London Authority and The Mayor’s Office, to create a Human Shamrock featuring 200 volunteers in Trafalgar Square. The piece was rehearsed in secret to kick off London’s St. Patrick’s Day 2019 celebrations with Tourism Ireland.
‘How do you find work and how do you navigate your way through the wilderness?’
Jeanefer Jean-Charles’s talk was focused specifically for freelance choreographers and dance artists and Jeanefer ensured there was an opportunity for the attendees to discuss and reflect on this engaging and highly relevant question.
In March 2018 Jeanefer Jean-Charles stood once again alongside the Paralympic flame, this time as Performance Director for the Paralympics Flame Ceremony in Stoke Mandeville.
Working as part of the Walk the Plank team, Jeanefer coordinated the performance that accompanied the iconic moment the flame was passed from Stoke Mandeville to Seoul in Korea.
This experience built on Jeanefer’s previous role as Mass Movement Coordinator for the Opening Ceremony at the London 2012 Olympics.
See a video of Channel 4’s coverage of the event.
– Walk The Plank
In February 2018, Jeanefer Jean-Charles held a creative development day for local artists from Norwich and Great Yarmouth. The embryonic development workshop was essential ahead of the celebration surrounding 250 years of circus in the UK and culminated in a carnival extravaganza in June and July 2018 with events in both Great Yarmouth and Norwich.
Jeanefer Jean-Charles was invited to speak at Out Door Arts UK (formally ISAN) Making Waves: Critical Mass 2017 National Outdoor Arts Conference, a two day event in Milton Keynes.
Her presentation explored the impact of her involvement in Outdoor Arts with a particular focus on the Manchester Day Parade, which Jeanefer has worked on for several years, with Walk the Plank and Dance Manchester.
Working as a Creative Partner with Kinetika to oversee the mass movement for a large-scale outdoor event in Tilbury, commemorating The SS Empire Windrush at Tilbury Cruise Terminal. The event was part of an exchange project with the Lord Mayor’s Parade in Norwich and featured a parade with over 300 local artists and young people, showcasing Kinetika’s beautiful carnival costumes.
Jeanefer Jean-Charles was appointed Mass Movement Director for a new musical theatre production, The Silk Road in Beijing, China, October 2017. It was produced by UKCI, and was a training & performance project attached to the Beijing University, featuring 100 schoolchildren.
CEO – UKCI,
Jeanefer Jean-Charles was invited to lead a training session on pitching in 2017, part of OffSite – an Outdoor Arts development programme produced by Déda. Artists gained support in both verbal and written pitching. Other guest speakers were Phil Hargreaves, Creative Producer for Déda and a freelance producer and Graham Callister, Director of Creative Programmes at Birmingham Hippodrome.
Jeanefer led a successful follow up session in March 2018 at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Jeanefer Jean-Charles choreographed the original and iconic handshake featured in the 1998 Walt Disney film, The Parent Trap. Jeanefer worked with a young Lindsay Lohan and actor Simon Kunz who played Martin, the family butler.
Jeanefer Jean- Charles was appointed Creative Director for Newcastle’s New Year’s Eve Parade in 2014, an event to celebrate the Rugby World Cup arriving in the city the following year. Together with her carefully selected team, consisting of Assistant Director Vicki Igbokwe and Creative Assistant Helen Wilson, Jeanefer guided a group of local artists, leaving behind a meaningful legacy.
Jeanefer Jean-Charles created the first-ever Big Dance, which took place on Saturday 22nd July 2006 in Trafalgar Square, London. This large-scale dance event was the centrepiece to Big Dance week and an exhilarating finale to BBC One’s Dancing in the Streets.
Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates,
Jeanefer Jean-Charles MBE
Jeanefer Jean-Charles was Movement Director and Co-director for Dancing Voices, a public art commission produced by East London Dance in partnership with Westfield Stratford City.
Dancing Voices captures the multitude of dance ‘languages’ set against a backdrop of iconic East London locations, celebrating the changing landscape of the area and featuring over 100 local dancers.
Film Maker: Jevan Chowdhury
Assistant Artists: Martha Wilkinson and Franqui Radford-Mathurin
Creative Projects Manager: Emma Kerr
In 2016, Jeanefer delivered masterclasses with local artists and group leaders, ahead of Manchester Day Parade 2016. Jeanefer shared her methods for approaching mass choreography, preparing and empowering the artists and group leaders to create spectacular parade choreography.
Jeanefer has returned every year since, working as Mass Movement Director for the People’s Parade.
As Creative Consultant, Jeanefer Jean-Charles facilitated a Dance to Health Review Day with Aesop (Arts Enterprise with a Social Purpose).
As the sole representative of the Arts industry, Jeanefer was invited to respond publicly to the ideas proposed in BOP Consulting and Aesop’s first joint paper, ‘Active Ingredients‘. The event took place at King’s College London in September 2018 to mark the launch of the paper. The aim of the Active Ingredient’s report, is to deepen the understanding of the ways in which arts interventions in health and social contexts actually work – and to improve the ways these are designed and their impacts measured.
Dance to Health has been developed as a sustainable social enterprise. Six pilots in London, Cheshire and Oxfordshire have been underway in partnership with dance organisations and Age UK, health and wellbeing centres, housing associations and Jewish Care. An evaluation team is studying the process, quality assurance, health/artistic/social outcomes, health economics, and the best social enterprise model for Dance to Health to grow successfully.
Dance to Health Project Manager – Aesop,
Jeanefer Jean-Charles produced a choreographic framework for a Big Dance commission in Liverpool. Appointed by Merseyside Dance Initiative, Jeanefer collaborated with Lisi Perry, the North West Big Dance Coordinator Mira Balchandran Gokul and 25 artists. This framework was rolled out across Big Dance hubs in the North West of England.
Merseyside Dance Initiative were the North West hub lead for Big Dance 2012, which provided the opportunity to celebrate community dance across the nation.
Artistic Director Sonya Moorhead and outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank, presented a collaboration with Mr Wilson’s Second Liners – New Orleans meets 90s club classics rave band.
Drawing upon a rich tapestry of cultural references, Voodoo Rising is a euphoric fusion of music, movement, fire and pyrotechnics; inspired by the Louisiana Bayou and hedonism of 90’s clubland.
As Choreographic Consultant, Jeanefer Jean-Charles joined the team for the R&D period, which included a spectacular performance at Arts by the Sea Festival in Bournemouth, October 2016.
Voodoo Rising was designed by world-renowned designer Dan Potra and Graham Massey – Pioneer of Electronic Music for the first phase of the R&D, supported by Arts Council England.
Jeanefer Jean-Charles is delighted to be Creative Consultant for Tavaziva, a national touring dance company and National Portfolio Organisation led by Bawren Tavaziva. His choreography is a unique synthesis of Contemporary, African and Ballet.
Jeanefer has delivered ongoing consultancy, advising on the strategic planning of Tavaziva’s Learning and Participation Projects, specifically their boys dance programme. She has delivered training days for their teaching team and joined Bawren in leading the recruitment of a new cohort of male dance artists.
Jeanefer Jean-Charles was appointed Creative Consultant, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 for the Dance Enterprise Ideas Summit with East London Dance.
The Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund was established in 2015 to enable dance creatives to research, test and/or launch new artistic and entrepreneurial ideas.
Jeanefer collaborated with Cultural and Creative Consultant Anamaria Wills for the first year of the programme and continued for the Ideas Summit in March 2018.
Jeanefer and Anamaria guided applicants through practice pitches and feedback before their projects were pitched to a panel of dance experts.