Three sisters are of one Mind in the Mirror

A unique exhibition by three sisters will arrive in Lancaster early in the New Year.

Monday, 29th December 2014, 10:52 am
Turnaround Dance Theatre who will present Mirrored Minds at The Dukes . Photo by Helena Waudby
Turnaround Dance Theatre who will present Mirrored Minds at The Dukes . Photo by Helena Waudby

Mirrored Minds at The Dukes will combine live performance, film and visual art, giving visitors a rare glimpse into the process behind performance.

Mirrored Minds is a residency by Turnaround Dance Theatre set up by sisters Ellen, Grace and Lily Turner.

It will document the creation of a dance performance by Ellen and her sister Grace, choreographed by their other sister, Lily during the week beginning January 12.

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The gallery will be open to visitors to witness the creative process leading to a live performance on January 16.

The exhibition runs until January 25.

As part of the residency, Ellen will create work for the exhibition along with artist Karolina Szymkiewicz while guest artist Lizzie Croucher will paint the movement in real time to create her own work.

Also, Lily will present a selection of private notes so audiences can get a full insight into the thought process behind the duet and a film will be presented showing the story of this work.

The exhibition and performance will explore how we use mirror neurons in our brain to learn, recognise and empathise with one another.

Lily began investigating mirror neurons in 2009 as part of her degree studies, questioning whether they could be used in dance to stimulate a response from audiences.

The Turner sisters, who grew up in the Lancaster area, have worked together since they were children, entering choreography competitions but Mirrored Minds is the first piece they have created as TurnAround Dance Theatre.

The sisters are all professional dance artists though Ellen is also a visual artist, Grace is an aerialist and Lily is training to be a sport masseuse.

Mirrored Minds runs from January 12-25 and can be viewed in The Dukes gallery during normal opening hours.

If you are making a special trip to see it, please call the Box Office as sometimes the gallery is used for other activities.

For more information call 01524 598500 or visit