One person is knelt playing a stringed instrument and a dancer is leant back towards her on all fours.

HERE LIES

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.

A cellist plays seated and a dancer sits alongside her.
A dancer and a musician circle a strnged instrument - the musician is singing.
A dancer is on all fours in front of a musician sitting on the floor, playing a stringed instrument and singing.

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 Team:

Creative Producer – Tala Lee-Turton

Choreographer – Krystal Lowe

Musician/ Performer – Roxanna Albayati

Dancer – Tala Lee-Turton

Costume designer and maker – Alice Ortona Coles

Tala Lee-Turton headshot

Tala Lee-Turton

Creative Producer and Dancer

Krystal Lowe headshot

Krystal Lowe

Choreographer

Headshot of Roxanna

Roxanna Albayati

Musician/ Performer

Dancer is on one leg in an arabesque with both arms up and out to the side. The cellist is seated playing and looking at the dancer. They are both wearing rehearsal clothes, the dancer has hair in low pigtails and the musician has long dark curly hair tied into a pony tail.
Dancer and musician walk in a circle whilst looking at each other. A ghaychak and cello are placed on the floor on their back and sie respectiviely. They are both wearing rehearsal clothes, the dancer has hair in low pigtails and the musician has long dark curly hair tied into a pony tail.
Dancer is in a stretch with front foot on pointe and back foot out to the side, one arm on the floor and one arm in the air. The musician is seated to her left and is playing an Iranian ghaychak. They are both wearing rehearsal clothes, the dancer has hair in low pigtails and the musician has long dark curly hair tied into a pony tail. The cello is on its side at the back.

Rehearsal shots from parler femme by Images by SAINT

Special thanks to Genesis Kickstart Fund, Sheffield City Council and private donors.

 

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