Black Victorians by Artistic Director and Choreographer Jeanefer Jean-Charles is inspired by nineteenth century studio photographs of black men, women and children - Black Chronicles II curated by Renée Mussai at the Autograph Gallery in London.
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.
Picture dancers dressed in restrictive Victorian costumes, shedding them in rebellion as they dance in African, contemporary and hip-hop styles re-imagining a moment in history. Their movement will invoke their origins in powerful ways, bringing voice and body to the portraits that inspired us.
This is an opportunity to experience history as told through choreography.
Artistic Director and Choreographer Jeanefer Jean-Charles is a globally respected creative artist. Since starting her journey as Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Bullies Ballerinas Jazz Dance Company (1990- 200), her work has taken her to over 21 countries. Her unique creative process aims to bring to life the talents, strengths and shared stories of local communities and artists in inspiring and unforgettable ways.
Two performances of Black Victorians will be take place at the British Museum on 4 November 2023, one at 1:30pm to 2pm and another at 3:30pm to 4pm.