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Date posted - 10/10/2020
Title: Arts Marketing Professional 
Closes: 30 October 2020 at 12.oo noon
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / North East
Type: Four sessions 
Fee: £500

ESD are looking for an Arts Marketing Professional to work with the company to enhance ESD's digital advances as the Company enters its 10th Anniversary. The ideal candidate will be an experienced professional with strong contacts and management skills and an understanding of creative needs.  This initial contract would concentrate on promoting a new contemporary dance work 'Troy' a reimagining of the story of Troy.
Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) based in Newcastle upon Tyne, is a touring contemporary dance company led by its Founder and Artistic Director, Eliot Smith. Over the past 9 years the Company has made significant developments in terms of audience attendance, sell-out performances, website and online social media activity, outreach programmes, and exciting collaborations with some of the North East's major museums, galleries, universities, cathedrals and guest appearances in New York, Rome and Paris.

If you'd like to find out more or express your interest, please email Eliot Smith via . We'd be pleased to chat.
Date posted - 18/09/2020
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 
Date posted - 1/09/2020
On 16 March 2020 Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) were very sorry to announce that, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all performances and events had been postponed until further notice. Since 01 April 2020 in light of the pandemic ESD has refashioned its season of activities into a digital form, tailored specially to allow people to continue engaging in and benefiting from dance and culture during self-isolation. Please click here to visit ESD Digital page.
Whilst the safety and well-being of our audience, company dancers, collaborators, partners and voluntary staff is of utmost importance to us, we are now beginning to kickstart some of our original activities, including our new Virtual Triple Bill in autumn 2020. Further announcements will be posted here in late September 2020.
ESD is forever grateful to many individuals, companies, Trusts and grant-makers for their ongoing generosity in support of ESD's work, especially during these difficult times. Without them it simply would not be possible. Their support enables ESD to change people’s lives.
Date posted - 1/07/2020
Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale are centre stage in a new documentary, directed by British contemporary choreographer Eliot Smith, 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.
Seacole + Nightingale will be available to watch for free of charge on ESD's website via from 13 August 2020 at 7.30pm (BST), evening of the 110th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's anniversary death. 
Funded and supported by Arts Council England emergency response funding, for which ESD is extremely grateful. 
Please click here for Press Release.
Date posted - 04/06/2020
We stand to denounce racism in all its forms.
We, the undersigned from the cultural sector of the North East, declare that silence is not ok and silence is seen as complicity. Racism has no place in a just and humane society.
Whilst we cannot undo pain and neglect, we are calling on all of us in the arts, cultural, heritage sectors; professional and voluntary to work together to address racism and its deep roots. We must listen, have conversations and most importantly act, we know we need to do better. Everyone is part of the solution - artists, staff, trustees, partners, promoters, audiences and communities.
We want to tackle this together in sharing better understanding and practices. We stand united to bring about change in our thinking and actions as a collective of organisations and individuals.
In the weeks and months to come we will collectively act to build on this statement with concrete steps and actions to demonstrate our commitment to bringing about real change. We ask you to stand with us.
We contacted as many organisations and individuals we could in a short space of time.
If you would like to join us in these future conversations please contact any of the points of contacts listed below:
Alphabetti Theatre
Signee: Ali Pritchard, Artistic/Executive Director
Contact: Ali Pritchard,
The Angelou Centre
Signee: Rosie Lewis, Deputy Director & VAWG Services Manager
Anna Robinson

ARC Stockton
Signee: Annalbel Turpin
Assembly Rooms Theatre Durham
Signee: Kate Barton
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Signee: Sarah Munro, Director
Contact: Caroline Murphy,
Ben Dickenson
Executive Producer, City of Dreams / Associate Literary Producer Alphabetti
Beverley Prevatt Goldstein
Camisado Club
Signee: Caroline Liversidge, Camisado Club
Centre for Life, Newcastle
Signee: Linda Conlon
Contact: Louise Richardson,
Company of Others
Signee: Nadia Iftkhar, Artistic Director & CEO
Contact: Nadia Iftkhar,
Curious Arts
Signee: Phil Douglas, Director
Contact: Ellie Puckering,
Curious Monkey
Signee: Amy Golding
Creative Seed
Contact: Sandy and Garner Harris, Founding Directors
Dance City
Signee: Phil Douglas
Contact: Phil Douglas,
Degna Stone
Poet and editor
Signee: Lisette Auton, Co-founding Member
Eliot Smith Dance (ESD)
Signee: Eliot Smith, Artistic Director
Gateway Studio CIO
Signee: Martin Hylton, Artistic Director/CEO
Contact: Martin Hylton,
Signee: Vikas Kumar MBE, Director
Contact: Vikas Kumar,
Signee: Sean Burn
Harambee Pasadia CIC
Signee: Hannabiell Sanders
Contact: Hannabiell Sanders,
Kitchen Zoo
Signee: Bob Nicholson
Ladies of Midnight Blue
Signee: Yilis Suriel
Contact: Yilis Suriel,
The Letter Room
Signees: Meghan Doyle and Stan Hodgson, Co-Artistic Directors
Little Cog
Signee: Vici Wreford-Sinnott, Artistic Director
Live Theatre
Signee: Jim Beirne, Chief Executive
Mortal Fools
Signee: Kiz Crosbie, Artistic Director/CEO
The NewBridge Project
Signee: Rebecca Huggan, Director
New Writing North
Claire Malcolm, Chief Executive
Contact: Claire Malcolm,
Newcastle City Council Arts Team
Signee: Cllr Ged Bell (Cabinet Member for Culture)
Contact: Jim Mawdsley, Arts and Culture Senior Advisor,
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Signee: Philip Bernays, Chief Executive
Newcastle University
Signee: Professor Julie Sanders, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Northern Roots
Signee: Adam Collerton, Director
Northern Stage
Signee: Kate Denby, Executive Director
Contact: Mark Calvert,
Contact: Steven Walker, Creative Director
Open Clasp
Signees: Joint Chief Executives Catrina McHugh MBE / Ellie Turner
Origin Moko Jumbies
Signee: Alan Vaughan
Sage Gateshead
Signee: Abigail Pogson, Director
Contact: Wendy Smith,
Signee: Padma Rao
Seven Stories
Signee: John Coburn
Contact: Amanda Beckham,
Skimstone Arts
Signee: Claire Webster-Saaramets, Director
Contact: Claire Webster-Saaramets,
Signees: Max Lee and Matt Antoniakd, Co-directors
Sunderland Music Hub
Signee: Lizzie Nixon
Susan Ashley
AHRC Researcher
Prometheus Foundation CIC
Contact: Dot Owston
Tyneside Cinema
Signee: Holli Keeble, Chief Executive Officer
Contact: Holli Keeble,
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
Signee: Iain Watson, Director
Contact: Bill Griffiths,
Tyne and Wear Cultural Freelancers
Signee: Leila d’Aronville
Contact: Leila d’Aronville,
Unfolding Theatre
Signees: Michael Barrass, Alex Elliott, Garry Lydon, Annie Rigby and Luca Rutherford
Signee: Nikolas Barrera
Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir
Signees: Mathapelo Imarhiagbe, Chinyere Igun, Glen Smiley
We Make Culture CIC
Signee: Laura Brewis, Project Director
Date posted - 28/05/2020
We recently learned the devastating news that former founding guest dancer of ESD Ayman Safiah has drowned whilst on a camping holiday in Israel.
Ayman (29) was a talented dancer originally from Kfar Yasif, Israel. His training at Rambert School was generously supported by the Clore Israel Foundation. Upon graduation in 2012, Ayman danced in "of Gods and Men" choreographed by Eliot Smith for Eliot Smith Dance's Opening Gala Performance at Dame Allan's School, Newcastle upon Tyne on 19 February. He went on to have a successful career, performing in 'Cats' in the West End and Les Ballet C de la B (Belgium) among other companies, before returning to Israel, where he was teaching, choreographing and performing. 
Our thoughts are with his Family and Friends.
Friday's 29 May 2020 at 2pm, Live Tea & Talk on ESD's instagram will be dedicated to Ayman's memory. 
Date posted - 6/05/2020
We are pleased to announce that Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) has been awarded a grant from Arts Council England (ACE) Emergency Fund and this will enable:
1. A new artistic project created by Eliot Smith (to be announced soon) about which we are particularly excited. It takes ESD and its artists off in a new direction and the community possibilities are endless.
2. Operational costs at ESD to be met for the next 6 months.
This will enable ESD to emerge stronger, more confident and ready to meet the challenges posed by Covid-19.
ESD is very grateful for this support from ACE.
Date posted - 17/04/2020
As a result of the evolving Covid-19 situation, and following the Government's guidelines and working with the rolling advice from Public Health England and other organisations, it is no longer possible for Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) to hold ESD Presents: Martha Graham on 27 July - 1 August 2020.

The safety and wellbeing of our artists, staff, participants, audience, and partners is of the utmost importance at Eliot Smith Dance.

ESD are now looking to reschedule the event next year on 26 - 31 July 2021. More details will be announced in Autumn 2020. 

All participants will of course be entitled to a full refund and you will be contacted directly by ESD.

Thank you for your ongoing support and please take care. ESD looks forward to presenting Martha Graham in the very near future.
Date posted - 1/04/2020
In light of the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19), a top story in the news across the world. Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) has refashioned its current season of activities into a digital form, tailored to allow people to continue engaging in and benefiting from dance and culture during a period of self-isolation. 

ESD will deliver a range of exciting and informative contemporary dance works on its website and social media, delivered by ESD company dancers from around the world which will also offer some financial support during these challenging times.
This innovative platform will include: pre-recorded live performances from its current season, exclusive dance performances created by world-renowned choreographers from ESD's diverse repertoire, live streamed daily dance classes (from their homes) in Contemporary, Ballet, Kathak, Hip-Hop and Yoga, for people who have access to the internet, Q&A sessions and much, much, more!
To have access to this exclusive content visit and follow ESD on social media @eliotsmithdance
Press Release
Date posted - 17/03/2020
As you will all be aware the outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a top story in the news across the world.

The safety and well-being of our customers, our members, collaborators and our staff is of utmost importance at Eliot Smith Dance, and we're continuing to follow official guidance carefully from the UK Government, Public Health England and funders i.e Arts Council England.

With this guidance in mind, we have postponed all upcoming performances and events until further notice.
For ticket holders, if you would like to;
  • Donate your ticket money to Eliot Smith Dance
  • Receive a credit note for a future performance
  • Receive a refund
Please contact us at for the following performances below:

Dovecote Centre – Amble
Fri 24 April (7.30pm)

Bowes Museum – Barnard Castle
Thur 14 May (7pm)

Bamburgh Pavilion – Bamburgh 
Sat 16 May (7pm)

Pegswood Community Hub
Fri 29 May (7.30pm)
If you have purchased tickets for the following performances:

Gosforth Civic Theatre – Newcastle 
Sat 18 April (7.30pm)

The Maltings – Berwick upon Tweed 
Fri 08 May (7.00pm)
Please email,
For Gosforth:
For The Maltings:

Thank you for your ongoing support. Please take care and good health to you and your family at this time.
Click here for Public Statement from Eliot Smith, Artistic Director of Eliot Smith Dance
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