Four dancers in a line, walk forward holding another dancer under her arms while she walks forward. They all have thier eyes closed and rest their heads on each other. The dancers wear brightly coloured outfits that pop in orange, pink and blue. They are on a stage which is surrounded by trees.

NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT

“It was the most beautiful, hypnotic and amazing dance performance I’ve ever seen. I have no background in dance … however , I sensed I was witnessing something amazing” – audience feedback.  

No Time Like The Present is a dance and music experience presented in the beautiful green spaces of South Yorkshire.

The production is one act ballet performed and created by a diverse team. Five dancers perform to a synth pop score composed specifically for the production, performed for 40 minutes without a break.

The production explores the female experience, portraying a selection of perspectives – some ordinary, some more specific – as a running narrative throughout the piece where each dancer has a solo between the intro and finale. The audience is invited to immerse themselves in the music, movement and surroundings!

Five dancers, stand looking into the audience all wearing colour popping outfits in pink, orange and blue. All dancers are staring into the camera and are on a stage surrounded by trees and the Sheffield skyline in the background.
Four dancers in a line, walk forward holding another dancer under her arms while she has her legs out front. The dancers wear brightly coloured outfits that pop in orange, pink and blue. They are on a stage which is surrounded by trees.
Five dancers in a line look directly at the camera while they hold the person infronts left leg and hod their right arm in the air. The dancers wear brightly coloured outfits that pop in orange, pink and blue. They are on a stage which is surrounded by trees.
Five dancers adopt positions standing and seated. The dancers wear brightly coloured outfits that pop in orange, pink and blue. They are on a stage surrounded by trees.
Five dancers, stand on a stage - four are looking to their left at the dancer on the right who has her hands over her ears. They are wearing colour popping outfits in pink, orange and blue. The stage is surrounded by trees and the Sheffield skyline in the background.
Five dancers, stand on a stage - four are at the back watching the fifth dancer who is knelt on one knee on a wooden chair with her other leg pointed out in front of her. They are wearing colour popping outfits in pink, orange and blue. The stage is surrounded by trees and the Sheffield skyline in the background.
Four dancers surround a seated dancer in a pnk wig. Two are knelt at her side holding her hands and two are combing and brushing her hair. She sits looking regal with her eyes closed. They are wearing colour popping outfits in pink, orange and blue. The stage is surrounded by trees and the Sheffield skyline in the background.

The production premiered on the 19 – 21st and 26th – 28th August 2022 at Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham and 24th and 25th August in Sheffield Botanical Gardens at Dance in the Gardens.

Creative Team:

The production premiered on the 19 – 21st and 26th – 28th August 2022 at Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham and 24th and 25th August in Sheffield Botanical Gardens at Dance in the Gardens:

Creative producer – Tala Lee-Turton

Choreographer – Zhongjing Fang

Choreographer – Katya Bourvis

Dancers – Tala Lee-Turton, Winnie Dias Pinto, Gabrielle De Souza Jacquet, Lowri Shone and Ena Yamaguchi.

Composer – Grace Stubbings

Costume design – Kira Fridericia

Costume co-designer and maker – Alice Ortona Coles

Creative photographer – Xenia Bakshinskaya

Tala Lee-Turton headshot

Tala Lee-Turton

Creative Producer and Dancer

Zhongjing Fang headshot

Zhongjing Fang

Choreographer

Katya Bourvis headshot

Katya Bourvis

Choreographer

Winnie Dias headshot

Winnie Dias Pinto

Dancer

Gabrielle de Souza Jacquet headshot

Gabrielle De Souza Jacquet

Dancer

Lowri Bethan headshot

Lowri Shone

Dancer

Ena Yamaguchi

Ena Yamaguchi

Dancer

You can access the programme for No Time Like The Present here.

 

Check out South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority’s interview with Tala during the production run. 

Special thanks to Arts Council England, Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, Sheffield Culture Consortium and private donors.

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