Credit Christopher Jones | Dance Artist Blakeley White-McGuire

ESD Presents is a new & annual one week Contemporary Dance programme in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) – the aim is to inform, stimulate, entertain, and encourage creative debate behind the most influential and creative minds of the past!



26 - 31 JULY 2021



MARCH 2021


26 - 31 JULY 2021,


As a result of the evolving global pandemic, ESD Presents: Martha Graham will now take place virtually via Zoom and ESD social media channels...

From 26 - 21 July 2021, ESD Presents offers dancers an invigorating intensive in Martha Graham Technique™ and Repertory; Choreography; Virtual Performance and Professional Support, specifically designed for students and professionals in the UK and around the world who wish to learn & progress intensively in the Martha Graham vocabulary, devised by Eliot Smith, and in collaboration with The Martha Graham Centre Resources. 

Classes are taught by former members of The Martha Graham Dance Company; Blakeley White-McGuire (2002-2017) and David Chase (1973-1978), alongside ESD’s Artistic Director Eliot Smith and notable Ballet teacher Angela Reay, with special guests (to be announced soon).

There will be ample opportunities for the community, dance lovers, historians and the public to get involved. More details announced soon! 

Martha Graham and Bertram Ross by Carl Van Vechten, June 1961.


Martha Graham in Herodiade.
Photo by Cris Alexander.
Photo courtesy of Martha Graham Resources.

Martha Graham (1894-1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer and is recognised as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, alongside Picasso, James Joyce, Stravinsky, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Graham created a movement language based upon the expressive capacity of the human body. In 1998, TIME magazine named Martha Graham “Dancer of the Century,” and People magazine named her among the female “Icons of the Century.” Her approach to dance and theatre revolutionised the art form and her technique has been taught worldwide. Today, it continues to both serve as a rich and powerful training method and to influence contemporary dance.

"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion." Martha Graham


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