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Dancer shown legs only, wearing a cream skirt, standing on pointe by a cello placed on its side with the bow balanced on top.

parler femme – buy tickets now

parler femme is a dance-based triple bill celebrating innovative and inspiring stories about women, experienced through live performance, screen and immersive technologies.

Act I: The Subject is Speaking

A compilation of award-winning short dance films telling the stories of different lived experiences from female filmmakers, including, Tala Lee-Turton Production Chinese Laundry about an intergenerational British Chinese experience.

Act II: Here Lies

The premiere of a multi-layered dance and music duet; a magic realist tale about two estranged sisters, reconnecting after the death of their Grandmother.

Act III: No Time Like The Present

An audience favourite with a cast of five dancers performing to a synth-pop score, exploring power and femininity.

Performance dates:

9th November 2023, Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds, PREMIERE



11th November 2023, The Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres 



16th November 2023, Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley



25th April 2024, The Civic, Barnsley 



You’ll be taken through to the theatre booking sites to book your tickets.

Each performance includes a spoken word prologue developed with a local community group or school and an aftershow Q and A session for the audience.

Running time 1 hour 40 minutes with one 20 minute interval

Dancer and musician seated on the floor back to back - the dancer is moving her arms gracefully in the air, and the musician is playing a ghaychak. The dancer wears a cream dress and hair in french plaits and the musician has dark, long, curly hair, worn loose.
Seated dancer, wearing a cream dress and hair in french plaits, looking to the side at a cellist, with long dark curly hair, worn loose, playing soulfully. They both sit on a wooden box, back to back.
Seated dancer, wearing a cream dress and hair in french plaits, looking into the distance, sat next to a cellist, with long dark curly hair, worn loose, playing soulfully.

Images by Xenia at Zavod Studio.

Creative Team:

parler femme is produced by Tala Lee-Turton Productions, bringing together diverse collaborators from new talent in film and dance, and presenting dance across multiple disciplines.  The production features official selections at international film festivals, returning ACE funded work and the premiere of Here Lies, developed as part of a Genesis funded, residency at Yorkshire Dance in September 2022.

Act I: The Subject is Speaking

Chinese Laundry – Creative producer – Tala Lee-Turton, Director – Patricia Zhou

What Are We Doing – Director, Sophie Park, Katya Bourvis

Un-spoken words of a Heartist – Director, Nadine Baboy

Act II: Here Lies

Creative producer – Tala Lee-Turton

Choreographer – Krystal Lowe

Music artist – Roxanna Albayati

Dance artist – Tala Lee-Turton

Act III: No Time Like The Present

Creative producer – Tala Lee-Turton

Choreographers – Zhongjing Fang and Katya Bourvis 

Composer – Grace Stubbings

Dance artists – Winnie Dias, Sera Maehera, Lowri Shone, Patricia Langa, Tala Lee-Turton

Five animated dancers in brightly coloured catsuits pose, facing away from the camera; the middle dancer wears a pink wig.
An animated dancer wearing a pink wig looks intently at the camera
Five animated dancers leap away from the camera.

Animation by Ed Swales.

Get involved:

Join us for some exciting behind the scenes opportunities

Come along to workshops, insight days and photography development days. 

Observe rehearsals and technical staging, or even participate in our production. 

Find out more on our Outreach page


Special thanks to Arts Council England, Genesis Kickstart Fund, Sheffield City Council, Graysons Solicitors and private donors.

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