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: Sunday 5th June 2022
Location: Westminster and along The Mall past Buckingham Palace, London, UK
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.
Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates,
Photo credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
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.
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.
Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates
Jeanefer Jean-Charles MBE
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.
★★★ The Guardian
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)
FRI 26 AUG – The Big Feast (Stoke-On-Trent)
SAT 27 AUG – Greenwich & Docklands International Festival 2022 (London)
SUN 18 SEPT – Lancashire Encounter (Preston)
SAT 24 SEPT – Derby Festé 2022 (Derby)
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.
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.
★★★★ The Stage