Black Victorians - FREE ticketed event

Part of Wiltshire Creative's City Encounters supported by Without Walls Jeanefer-Jean Charles presents Suitable for all ages
30 - 31 May 2021 Salisbury Cathedral Close, West Lawn near Bishop’s Walk, SP1 2EZ
City Encounters Black Victorians

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Jeanefer-Jean Charles presents

Black Victorians

Salisbury Cathedral Close, West Lawn near Bishop’s Walk, SP1 2EZ  
Sunday 30 May 2021 at 1.30pm and 3.30pm
and Monday 31 May at 12noon and 4.30pm


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

Calling attention to previously hidden figures and challenging historical and contemporary perceptions, dancers dressed in restrictive Victorian costumes shed them in rebellion as they dance in African, contemporary and hiphop styles, re-imagining a moment in history.

The piece is about bringing voice and body to the characters in the portraits through movement, text and music. Audiences will experience five versatile dancers re-imagine the stories of the Victorian characters through a range of dance styles – from African and Jazz to street and contemporary dance.

Click here to see Black Victorians in rehearsals


Running Time 40 minutes
Tickets are FREE but must be pre-booked
Latecomers may not be able to be permitted, please arrive 15 minutes before the performance. 





How we are keeping you safe: 

We have worked to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable. Measures include; following government guidance, limited audience numbers, a marked-out audience area with social distancing, hand sanitation stations, extra staff, one-way systems and paperless ticketing. 

We encourage you to book in your ‘bubbles’ as seats will be allocated on arrival.

For more information about how we are keeping you safe click here




Further Information

About Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates

Creative Director & Choreographer Jeanefer Jean-Charles is a globally respected artist, specialising in large-scale outdoor performances. Since starting her journey as Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Bullies Ballerinas’ Jazz Dance Company, 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.

Her career highlights include the role of Mass Movement Coordinator for all four of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies and Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected in Cardiff, Artistic Director for The Rugby League World Cup Opening Ceremony (2013) and directed Spirit of Woolwich in Transe Express Cristal Palace show for Greenwich Festival Global Streets event (2019).

Find out more about Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates visit the website here.


Creative / Production credits

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Jeanefer Jean-Charles
Designer: Marsha Roddy
Creative Consultant: Martha Stylianou
Composer: DJ Walde
Poet and Writer: Anthony Anaxagorou
Assistant Production Manager: Viviana Rocha
Theatrical Engineer: Mike Patterson
Producer: Alison Holder
Dancers: Kloé Dean, Cherilyn Albert, Bafana Solomon Matea and Rhys Dennis

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