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Find the dates, times, locations and book tickets for Eliot Smith Dance upcoming season of performances and events



About the programme

Join one exceptional dancer, YAMIT SALAZAR performing a night of electrifying solos created by award winning choreographer ELIOT SMITH with the finest original music by multi prize-winning composer ADAM JOHNSON.

This explosive performance of mesmerising solos explores the joys, the sorrows, the idiocies, the brilliance of anything human.

From cutting-edge contemporary movement and pumping folklore to exhilarating commercial dancing, this up close and personal night of brilliant dance will set your heart racing.

“Yamit Salazar performs a solo of clear, stark angles and poses and off-kilter balances,”

The Guardian 

Promo images of ESD Dancer Yamit Salazar captured by photographer Will Allen

Performance dates & tickets

Newbiggin Maritime Centre, NEWBIGGIN-BY-THE-SEA
Friday 26 May 2023, 7.30 pm  World Premiere




Friday 02 June 2023, 8.00 pm




Warkworth Memorial Hall, WARKWORTH
Saturday 10 June 2023, 7.30 pm




Darlington Hippodrome (Hullabaloo Theatre), DARLINGTON
Thursday 15 June 2023, 8.00 pm




Sage Gateshead (Sage Two), GATESHEAD
Friday 23 June 2023, 8.00 pm
This performance will be accompanied by live music and feature a curtain raiser performed by local young dancers from Gateway Studio.

Online Showing
Friday 30 June 2023, 7.30 pm available to watch for 48hrs 

Ticket price: from £14.50 (concessions / discounts available)

Online Showing ticket price: £5.00

Duration: 40 minutes includes two pauses 

Age guidelines: 8+

A booking fee of 6.5% + £0.49 per sold ticket will apply when booking a ticket online through our Eventbrite platform; booking fees may vary when booking through other third party sites. You will not be charged a booking fee when booking in person at the venue(s).


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Eliot Smith



Yamit Salazar



Adam Johnson


Free access to ESD performances

ESD is offering free tickets for people living in the North East who are struggling with the cost of living, the opportunity to attend ESD's live dance performances in spring 2023, or for pay-what-you-can donations.

The main aim is to support families with children who would normally attend performances but are now unable to afford tickets as disposable income has been reduced and families prioritising money on food and heating. ESD also hopes this scheme will benefit young people who have never experienced live dance performances.

This scheme will positively impact the recipients by:

• inspire young people to be involved in the power of dance.
• enabling families to enjoy an escapism from their daily lives.
• give children a positive role model.
• provide education via dance works and participation in other art forms.

More details on how to access the free tickets will be announced here in February 2023.

Post talk show

ESD will host a post talk show at all performances. The post talk show lasts for 15 minutes and offers the opportunity for audience to meet the choreographers and artists involved on a personal level and to learn more about the dance works.

Watch a company class on stage

An opportunity to watch dancer, Yamit Salazar put through his paces on stage with creative director Eliot Smith. This is an opportunity to find out more about the inspiration, creation and discipline behind this seasons programme.

The open company class will take place on Friday 26 May at 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm on the main stage of Newbiggin Maritime Centre and on Thursday 15 June at 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm on the main stage of Hullabaloo Theatre, Darlington and includes Q&A. Viewing is free to ticket holders attending the performance, or for £2 to those attending only the company class.​

Dancing in the community

As part of its Education and Beyond programme ESD finds itself increasingly taking its work to communities and drawing into their performances participants for whom dance is new and invigorating. This approach, which is inclusive, recognises different ages, abilities, and degrees of fitness.

In the spirit of an active interest and local community involvement in climate awareness, this season ESD is will be hosting multiple workshops for children, young people and adults in the community to experience the power of movement.

The participants will explore the climate crisis and its impact on people and the environment through the medium of movement and music. More details about the workshops and opportunities will be announced in March 2022.



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