Free online exclusive content for dance lovers and culturally curious at home
In light of the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19), a top story in the news across the world. From 1 April, Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) has refashioned its seasons of activities into a digital form, tailored especially to allow people to continue engaging in and benefiting from dance and culture during self-isolation.
ESD is delighted to deliver a range of exciting and informative contemporary dance works on its website and social media. These will be delivered by ESD company dancers, guest artists, and collaborators, and at the same time will offer a small income for them, during these challenging times.
Whilst the safety and well-being of our audience, company dancers, collaborators, partners and voluntary staff is of utmost importance to us; ESD will continue to deliver its passion for dance.
To continue sharing the passion, joy and creation of ESD Digital, we rely on donations from people like you. Your generosity is truly appreciated and brings us closer to welcoming you back post Covid-19.
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VIRTUAL TRIPLE BILL
This autumn, Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) will premiere three new dance works within an inventive, physical, all-male Virtual Triple Bill.
Jake Vincent, the extremely talented New York City based choreographer and dancer, will present Onward, a short solo that explores the idea of taking unusual or less-travelled paths, set to Haydn's Cello Concerto.
Eliot Smith, the artistic director of ESD, takes his inspiration from the Greek mythological story of Helen of Troy. With a cast of four male dancers, TroY is an adaptation and modernisation of the legend of Troy. Set to original music by award-winning composer Adam Johnson, and with costumes designed by Andrew Gregson, the work explores Smith's current investigation into identity, sex and gender using the re-imagining of the ancient story.
Mark Baldwin OBE, the recipient of the 2018 De Velois Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and more recently Artistic Director of Rambert, has created a solo, exploring his ongoing research on how to combine dance with the music of Handel's Messiah.
Date: Thursday 03 December 2020
Time: 8.00 pm
Tickets and information: Click here
SEACOLE + NIGHTINGALE
Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale are centre stage in a new documentary, taking inspiration from and shining a light on the NHS medical staff serving on the front line in tackling Covid-19.
This interdisciplinary documentary, with newly-released music by multi award winning composer Adam Johnson, features original artwork by Bernadette Koranteng, a new poem written by children from Seaton Sluice Primary School, and real-life interviews with NHS medical personnel, all intertwined with contemporary dance performances.
Created around some of Britain’s most beautiful forests at a time when nature has flourished during isolation, this documentary reveals the similarities between the missions of Seacole and Nightingale and those of today’s medical staff, all caring selflessly for humanity, with courage, passion and devotion.
Now streaming: available to watch by clicking here
This short dance film created by Eliot Smith and in collaboration with The Blimey Collective is inspired The Bowes Museum's recent exhibition The Power and The Virtue: Guido Reni’s Death of Lucretia.
Blimey! Lucretia looks at the way women have been portrayed in both classical and contemporary culture. The dancer in this film tries to depict the emotion of the painting whilst responding to the badges created by 500 individuals that have been stitched onto denim jackets worn by dozens of mannequins.
This short film is available to watch here for free from Tuesday 11 August at 6.00pm (BST).
To find out more please click here.
AT HOME CREATES
In Spring 2020 Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) commissioned it's Company Dancers to each create a 60 second short improv video whilst in isolation. This video features all eight Dancers, created into one full length film for you to enjoy.
If you enjoyed this creation, please consider a donation to Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) by clicking here.
Online Classes //
Whether you’re a beginner who’s just starting out or an advanced dancer looking to maintain your training, we are delighted share our online classes delivered by our company dancers from the comfort of their homes.
All classes are open level.
If you enjoy the classes, please click here to donate. Every penny will help us continue to create new dance and support our company dancers and artists now and post Cover-19. Any donation you can give is hugely appreciated!
Under 16's Wake up Contemporary Class
with Victoria Winter
Open level - suitable for people between the age of 12 - 16
with Gemma Paganelli
Open level - suitable for people over the age of 16
with Yamit Salazar
Open level - suitable for people with dance experiences
Online Dance Class Disclaimer
Please only participate in our classes if you are fit and healthy to do so. Whilst the dancers will ensure you are warmed up and ready to exercise, your Health and Safety is your own responsibility.
Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) and its dancers takes no responsibility for injury to yourself or others or damage to property caused by taking part in our online digital dance classes.
Participants hereby agree that you will not hold Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) and its members of faculty, or any other, liable for injuries or illness of any kind, including without limitation its directors, instructors, company dancers, independent contractors, employees, agents, contractors, and representatives.
To be announced in late September 2020
Thank you //
As a thank you, we created a 60 second video which looks back on the work carried out by ESD during the 2020 lockdown.