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Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Black Victorians


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.

Either presented in evocative Victorian architecture, within a museum or other outdoor sites, this is an opportunity to experience history as told through choreography.


Black Victorians is supported by Historic Royal Palaces and R&D investment through Without Walls Blueprint. With thanks to the St George’s Garrison Church Trust.

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 supported by Without Walls and commissioned by FESTIVAL.ORG, Hat Fair and Brighton Festival.

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