Her body. His Voice. A tender exploration of transition through ballet and spoken word.
Aesthetica Short Film Festival, UK, 2018
International Changing Perspectives Film Festival, Turkey, 2018
Oslo Fusion International Film Festival!, Norway, 2018
GAZE International LGBT Film Festival Dublin, Ireland, 2018
KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, India, 2018
QFest St Louis, USA, 2018
Rio Gender & Sexuality Film Festival, Brazil, 2018
Windy City International Film Festival, USA, 2018
Following the journey of transition through ballet and spoken word, The Lady that Dances is a tender exploration of strength and vulnerability.
In our first commission for Channel 4’s Random Acts, Present Plus Film have collaborated with ballet dancer, Sophie Rebecca and spoken word artist, Ash Palmisciano on an illustrative piece that explores the theme of transition. In an emotional performance, their stories entwine, encapsulating the trials and tribulations in the path to self-acceptance.
Sophie Rebecca is the first openly transgender ballet dancer to pass a Royal Academy of Dance Examination, she was assigned male at birth and took her RAD exam as a woman. Sophie worked closely with choreographer, Lynne Reucroft-Croome to choreograph The Lady That Dances to represent stages of her life and the prominent moments from her journey.
Ash Palmisciano is an actor and writer who also happens to be a transman. Ash transitioned to male in 2012 to become his authentic self and then went on to pursue his real passion of acting and performing. After attending a course at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, he has taken on roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Boy Meets Girl for BBC Two. Ash is passionate about normalizing what it means to be transgender and pursuing dreams regardless of labels.
A Present Plus Production
Dancer: Sophie Rebecca
Spoken Word: Ash Palmisciano
Director: Joppe Rog
Creative Producer: Jessica Beckett
Commissioning Editor: Catherine Bray
Production Executive: Fiona Lamptey
Director Of Photography: Joseph Dunn
Composer: Thomas Williams
Violinist: Tobie Tripp
1st AD: Ben Keswick
Production Assistant: Amy Ashton
Steadicam Operator: Josh Brooks
Focus Puller: Michael Hannides
1st AC: Cameron Axsel
Sound Operator: Davide Defendi
Behind the Scenes Photographer: Anna Zavialova
Hair & Make-Up: Paula Barjau
Sound Mix: John Green
Colourist: Jonny Tully
With special thanks to
Stratford East Theatre