Four dancers are on stage - one is in arabesque with her left leg behind her and it is being held by one dancer. Two others lean into her as she outstretches her arms.

PIA – in development

Pia by Katya Bourvis, in collaboration with Tala Lee-Turton and Hannah Peel, sits at the intersection of documentary and science fiction. The work is about an ageing female protagonist, grappling with her failing memory, her fading Barnsley heritage, and increasingly vivid dreams of astral transportation. 

A first iteration of Pia was shared at “Speaking of Dance – A Barnsley Dance Symposium” hosted by Tala Lee-Turton Productions, Barnsley Civic and BMBC on the 25th April 2024.

Performances:

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

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

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

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Two dancers are performing - one is standing on pointe nad holds her right foot behind her in her left hand. The other dancer leans forward and holds her in balance around her waist.
A dancer stands in the middle of the stage holding his right hand out and his left arm is by his side.
Two dancers are performing - one is standing on pointe with her right foot angled into the air - she leans forward with her arms out and the other dancer holds her in balance around her waist as she leans forward.
A dancer is knelt on the ground with his eyes closed and another dancer leans on to him and cradles him.
A dancer holds another by her thighs and lifts her in the air . She has her arms stretched out the side and her head back.
Two dancers lean towards each other low to the ground - one has his arms around a dancer who has her arms behind her in the air.

Images by Elly Welford featuring dance artists Edd Arnold, Jordan Ajadi, Genevieve Heron, James Stephens, Tala Lee-Turton. 

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.

Artistic Director and Choreographer – Katya Bourvis

Creative Producer and Dance Artist – Tala Lee-Turton 

Composer – Hannah Peel

Katya Bourvis

Creative Director and Choreographer

Tala Lee-Turton

Creative Producer and Dance Artist.

Hannal Peel

Composer

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

This project is commissioned and funded by Barnsley Council’s Regeneration and Culture service, as part of their South Yorkshire Shared Prosperity Fund programme Culture at the Heart of Communities.

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