Bloom takes its inspiration from Colombia’s yearly ‘Festival of the Flowers’ and tells stories of strength, beauty and the diversity of people. A moving and colourful human work, Bloom is driven by traditional and modern songs, and draws particular visual reference to the end of human transportation by "Silleteros", the porters of Colombia who were hired to physically carry people and their belongings through routes such as mountain passes that were impassable by any other means of transport.
Choreographer Yamit Salazar
Dancers Lian Draycott, Nathan Keenoo (Apprentice), Yamit Salazar, Niki Tsonopoulou
David & Steve Gordon's Spirit Vision from Earth Drum
Lucho Bermúdez's Tolú from Serie Inmortales
Totó's Mapale from La Momposina
El Sanjuanero from Colombia Instrumental
Costume and Design Yamit Salazar
Premiered at Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne on 04 July 2021
Born in Colombia, Yamit Salazar was raised in Central London. He attended the BRIT School of Performing Arts, later graduating from Bird College of Dance. He joined Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) in 2013 and performs lead roles in ESD's repertoire, including works by Eliot Smith, Maggie Boogaart, Maurice Causey, Mathieu Geffré, Mark Baldwin, and Balbir Singh.
Yamit stepped down as a full-time freelance Company Dancer in autumn 2017 and accepted the position of freelance Rehearsal Director and Guest Dancer at ESD.
In summer 2021, Yamit was commissioned by ESD to create his first major work for the Company titled, Bloom.
As well as his work with ESD, he has danced on Celebrity X Cruises and has performed in five consecutive pantomimes as a dancer and dance captain at The Capitol Theatre, Horsham, as well as dancing in Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ for her launch dates at the London Palladium.
Bloom is commissioned by Eliot Smith Dance and is funded and supported by Arts Council England, Northumberland Arts Development, Newcastle City Council's Culture Investment Fund and ESD's successful Crowdfunder in 2021.