Tala Lee-Turton’s hometown dance show at Elsecar Heritage Centre

BARNSLEY-born dancer Tala Lee-Turton will perform the first professional dance production at Elsecar Heritage Centre.

The Bolshoi Ballet Academy alumna’s newest show, called parler femme, will be staged at the Ironworks on November 16.

The production is a triple bill celebrating innovative and inspiring stories about women.

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Act one tells stories of lived experiences from filmmakers, act two tells the tale of two estranged sisters, and the third sees a cast of five dancers performing to a synth-pop score.

Tala said: “I’m honoured to be performing parler femme at Elsecar Heritage Centre in my home town of Barnsley.

“This production is very personal to me so it’s very special to be performing it in Barnsley.

“It has taken three years to create, bringing together the magic of live dance, screen-based storytelling, and immersive technology that tell a rich and varied array of stories by women.”

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The tour, which also visits Wakefield, Leeds, Sheffield and Barnsley Civic, is supported by Arts Council England.

Tickets are £12 and are available at http://lnkiy.in/parlerfemme.

Cllr Robert Frost, Barnsley Council’s cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “It’s such a proud moment for us to have Tala perform in Barnsley.

“She is an inspiration, and it shows how far talent and dedication can take you.

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“After performing around the globe, she is returning to her hometown with an incredible performance that we hope will encourage a new generation of dancers to aim for the stars.

“To have such an immersive experience take place in the historic setting of Elsecar will be a real treat.”