Five dancers in pink corsets acting out a fight on stage.

parler femme

Ultramodern, contemporary and packed full of talented dancers – Fairy Powered Productions review.

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

Pre-Act 1: Immersive

A maximalist dive into the minds of parler femme’s creatives, presented through live vignettes, set and sound.

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

A darkly comic five-dancer ballet set to a dream-pop score, exploring a landscape of female emotion, reimagining historic notions of femininity, and championing the range of human feeling in all its splendour. 


parler femme premiered on the 9th November 2023 at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds. 


We sold out on the 11th November 2023 at The Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres 


We built a theatre and sold out on the 16th November 2023 at Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley





Five dancers in shiny corsets are in a huddle looking forwards ominously.
Five dancers lean forward in a row - the second dancer is reaching out over the body of the dancer in front of her as she gazes at the camera.
A dancer is making a tunnel with her body and another is crawling through gazing at the camera. Three dancers are sat on thier knewws in the background.
A dance artist sits on the ground and looks intently at the camera - she has her hands either side if her on the floor as she looks forwards.
One dance artist kneels and another has her head in her lap with her body curled up.
A dance artist kneels on the floor and walks forward on her hands and knees looking sad.

Production shots by Martin Perry

Five dancers expressing emotion and surprise.
Five dancers in rehearsals stand in a line intertwined and they hold out the arms of the middle dancer.
Five dancers in a line holding their hans over their ears.

Rehearsal images by Camilla Greenwell

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 Maehara, 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 stills by Ed Swales.

You can access the programme for parler femme here

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

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