Thursday: 18:40 en 21:15
Friday: 18:15 en 21:15
Saturday: 16:15 en 20:05
Sunday: 18:15 en 20:40
Duration: 35 minuten
Experience the history of Black Victorians through the language of choreography!
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.
“Inspired by formal portrait photography of black Victorian Britons, Jeanefer Jean-Charles’s sensual dance work restores life and humanity to its forgotten subjects.” Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian
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.
Sfinks collaborates closely with numerous international partners. We have a large and strong network of festivals and music organizations all over the world. These local specialists keep us constantly informed and inspire us with impressive and unexpected artists. This is how a unique, hand-picked line-up full of original gems and international emerging talent grows every year!
Black Victorians is a production of GDIFestval in London, and we’re showing it outside the UK for the first time.