Black Victorians is back for its 4th year of touring thanks to the support of producer FESTIVAL.ORG.

Inspired by nineteenth-century studio photographs of black men, women and children, Black Victorians explores a complex and often forgotten Black presence in pre-Windrush Britain.

★★★★ THE STAGE

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 (Suffolk) - Time to be confirmed

To find out more, visit the Black Victorians show page.

Patois

Duration: 30 minutes 

Patois explores what happens when two unwritten languages meet.

British-Caribbean choreographer Jeanefer Jean-Charles MBE reawakens the unwritten language of St.Lucian Patois, telling a story of culture, lost languages, longing and belonging. Of the movement of people across continents and the dialect which is at risk of being lost forever.

Blending captivating traditional folk dance with exhilarating contemporary choreography and an original musical score, Patois celebrates cultures, stories and generations of the past.

2024 TOUR DATES

SUN 12 MAY, 11.30AM & 2PM - NORFOLK & NORWICH FESTIVAL (Norwich)

SAT 18 & SUN 19 MAY, 1PM & 3.15PM - BRIGHTON FESTIVAL (Brighton)

SAT 6 JUL, 4PM & 6.15PM - HAT FAIR (Winchester)

SAT 13 JUL, 5.45PM - NATIONAL THEATRE RIVER STAGE (London) - part of Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

SAT 24 AUG - GREENWICH+DOCKLANDS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL (GDIF) (Greenwich) 

THURS 29 AUG - GREENWICH+DOCKLANDS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL (GDIF) (Woolwich)

SUN 1 SEPT - GREENWICH+DOCKLANDS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL (GDIF) (Abbey Wood)

SAT 7 SEPT - GREENWICH+DOCKLANDS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL (GDIF) - as part of Dancing City (Stratford)

*The full GDIF 2024 programme will be revealed later this Summer. Exact locations and times to be announced.

Cast & Creative Team

Choreographer: Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Producer: Alison Holder

Composer: Danilo DJ Walde

Designer: Marsha Roddy

Writer: Hassan Mahamdallie

Creative Consultant: Martha Stylianou

St.Lucia & Patois Consultant - Pearl Jordan

Stage Manager: Cynthia Franklin

Saint Lucian Voices: Auntie Jane, Uncle John, Mr Remy

Songwriter & Vocalist: Lorna Jean-Charles

Costume Assistant: Yunhye Choi

Runner: Lauren Schofield

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

Supported by

Patois is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Brighton Festival.

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

Black Victorians is back for its 3rd year of touring this summer thanks to the support of FESTIVAL.ORG. And this year, as well as some UK dates, we have some International dates in Aveiro (Portugal) and Antwerp (Belgium).

We are thrilled to be extending the cast of Black Victorians in Summer 2023 with new dancers Rudzani Moleya and Stefano Addea who will join the original cast on some of the Tour Dates.

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)
FRI 29 SEPT – SUN 1 OCT – Bournemouth Arts By The Sea Festival Bournemouth, Dorset) - More info to come, please check the website.

Watch This Space For More Dates Coming Soon.

  • FESTIVAL.ORG is one of the UK’s leading outdoor arts producing organisations. Collaborating with artists and arts organisations around the world to create extraordinary productions, they commission, re-imagine, produce and showcase a growing repertory of work that brings public spaces to life and is engaging and inspiring large, diverse audiences.
  • Beyond the flagship Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, FESTIVAL.ORG’s year-round programme encompasses Global Streets, a national touring programme that through a distinctive free programme of international outdoor arts is transforming communities in 10 English towns and cities in some of the least-arts engaged areas the country. FESTIVAL.ORG is also a founding member of the Without Walls and Stomping Ground commissioning consortia.

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