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The Lady that Dances : Present Plus

The Lady that Dances

Her body, his voice.

“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 normalising what it means to be transgender and pursuing dreams regardless of labels.

The Lady that Dances premiered on Channel 4 Random Acts, Tuesday 7th August 2018.

Official Festival Selection:

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
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, UK, 2018


  • Dancer Sophie Rebecca
  • Spoken word Ash Palmisciano
  • Director & Editor Joppe Rog
  • Creative Producer Jessica Valsler
  • Director Of Photography Joseph Dunn
  • Commissioning Editor Catherine Bray
  • Production Executive Fiona Lamptey
  • Production Assistant Amy Ashton
  • Production by Present Plus Film
  • Composer Thomas Williams
  • Violinist Tobie Tripp
  • 1st AD Ben Keswick
  • Steadi Cam Operator Josh Brooks
  • Focus Puller Michael Hannides
  • 1st AC Cameron Axsel
  • Sound Operator Davide Defendi
  • Hair & MakeUp Paula Barjau
  • Sound Mix John Green
  • Colourist Jonny Tully
  • BTS Photographer Anna Zavialova
  • Thanks to Stratford East Theatre
  • Thanks to Focus 24
  • Thanks to Lynne Reucroft-Croome & Lynton Academy
  • Thanks to Jessica Allen – Dance Captain
  • Thanks to Voiceover Soho