Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Tomorrow's Men

Creative Mission

As a creative movement director, Jeanefer is interested in the power of dance and movement as a non-verbal form of communication, and the power dance has to transform lives and attract and engage vulnerable groups who are often under confident and marginalised within society. She aims to create great dance work that is not only visually stunning but leaves large communities feeling proud to participate and hopefully inspire them to engage more in creative activities.

About

Jeanefer Jean-Charles is a freelance Choreographer, Movement Director and Executive Director of Tomorrow’s Men – an organisation established to tackle antisocial and behavioural issues in young men through dance. Jeanefer specialises in large-scale, mass movement choreography and her credits include Mass Movement Co-ordinator on all four London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies, large-scale commissions for East London Dance, Big Dance, and Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. The Opening Ceremony for Commonwealth Youth Games on Isle of Man; the Grande Finale for Bristol Harbourside Festival and Mass Movement Consultant for Merseyside Dance Initiative’s Big Dance involving 1200 dancers in Liverpool. In 2012, Jeanefer choreographed ‘Dancing Voices’ – a new dance film commissioned by East London Dance in partnership with Westfield Stratford City with over 100 dancers; a Tomorrow’s Men piece for 100 young men as part of the Cultural Olympiad; and worked with Walk the Plank on ‘The Return of Colmcille’ written by Frank Cottrell Boyce –as part of Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013.

Future Plans

Jeanefer plans to create more mass movement choreography commissions such as Opening Ceremonies in the future; expand Tomorrow’s Men; and set up artist development training on working with ‘at risk’ young people and develop a brand for her own unique way of working.

Education work

Jeanefer offers workshops, choreography, mentoring, team management, artistic direction, and development training.

Current Projects

Mass Bolero

A community dance film for Nottingham Playhouse. Translating Torvil and Dean’s Olympic Gold routine, off ice, creating short segments and filming each segment being performed by 25 different groups in Nottingham.

Tomorrow’s Men

Developing a boys dance project in the boroughs of Ealing & Richmond. Targeting young men at risk of offending and  vulnerable boys in primary and secondary schools.


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