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.

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)

Cast & Creative Team

Designer: Marsha Roddy

Producer: Alison Holder

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 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 in 2024.

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

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