“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!
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
Artistic Adviser and Rehearsal Director – 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
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.