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A ‘Thank You’ dance for the Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Kinetika and Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates are delighted to announce that they have been commissioned to create a section for the Queens Platinum Jubilee Pageant

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant, as part of an extended Bank Holiday Weekend, will take place on Sunday 5th June 2022.  It provides an opportunity for everyone to celebrate this historic milestone of Her Majesty the Queen as the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee with 70 years of service. Four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s reign of seven decades.

Thurrock-based arts organisation Kinetika and UK-based Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates will be presenting The Thank You Dance in the Pageant.  This is a ‘Thank You’ to the Queen for 70 years of public service and a ‘Thank You’ to all those who selflessly contribute to society, looking after our communities and laying the foundation for a better life for generations to come.

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The Thank You Dance will be a visually arresting spectacle made up of over 200 performers drawn from across generations from Thurrock, London and Milton Keynes, covered in hand-painted silks, and holding vibrant flags designed and made by community groups from Tilbury, Grays, Purfleet-on-Thames and Milton Keynes. Inspiration will be taken from Her Majesty to thank key workers and the essential role they have played throughout the pandemic, volunteers who have stepped up with kindness to look after their neighbours and young people who are actively taking responsibility for the future of our planet.

Fourteen key workers from Thurrock have already been chosen to be showcased on large silk flags appearing at the Pageant, celebrating the valued work they do for the area every day.

Kinetika is seeking additional key workers and their stories to share with the public and feature on their website around the Platinum Jubilee. The public are encouraged to submit nominations and key worker’s stories, find out how to nominate a key worker here. 

Kinetika’s artistic director, Ali Pretty and Jeanefer Jean-Charles & Associates will work with Pageant Master Adrian Evans LVO (Lieutenant of the Victorian Order) to form the spectacle. Adrian was the Pageant Master of the Queen’s Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012, acclaimed as “the biggest event ever staged in London”.

Valerie Muzelenga points at a drawing of the silk flag she will feature on

Valerie Muzelenga is one of the key workers from Thurrock to be celebrated on the silk scrolls

Artistic Director at Kinetika, Ali Pretty says:

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to present, in one day, all that Kinetika stands for, working with the diverse communities of Thurrock, where we are based, along with community groups in Milton Keynes, young dancers from London, and with local people who have dedicated their lives, as key workers, to public service. We are honoured to play our part in celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant.”

Dancers in brightly coloured carnival costumes dance at Tilbury Carnival finale

Tilbury Carnival finale credit Mike Johnston

Creative Director and Producer Jeanefer Jean-Charles says:

“I am thrilled to be part of the creative team working on this extraordinary event. The Thank You Dance will highlight the invaluable role of our exceptional key workers – something close to Her Majesty’s heart. I look forward to celebrating so many special people who have saved lives, comforted the sick and touched all our hearts.”

On 5th June, The Thank You Dance will join The Pageant which will wind through the streets of Westminster and along The Mall past Buckingham Palace telling the story of Her Majesty’s record reign and our transforming society over this period.

A crowd of dancers extend their arms upwards in white sleeves

Mass movement at St John’s
Credit Jeanefer Jean-Charles

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