Here Lies is an intersectional feminist interpretation of myth, told through immersive music and dance, about two estranged sisters who reconnect whilst paying respects to their grandmother in the local cemetery. They reflect on the things they have left unsaid and why they felt they could not say them.
The meeting enables them to inhabit an alternate realm, outside logical time and space, in which their voices are heard and in which they feel safe. In this world, they can manipulate oppressive and suppressive forces upon womanhood as they experience it. Together, they will a new world into being, one that does not bury its women in the dust of tradition.
Production shots from parler femme by Martin Perry
The production was developed at a residency at Yorkshire Dance in September 2022 and first performed as part of parler femme in November 2023.
Creative producer – Tala Lee-Turton
Choreographer – Krystal Lowe
Musician/ Performer – Roxanna Albayati
Dancer – Tala Lee-Turton
Costume designer and maker – Alice Ortona Coles
Rehearsal shots from parler femme by Images by SAINT
Special thanks to Genesis Kickstart Fund, Sheffield City Council and private donors.