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PAST & FUTURE

This season, experience two distinct and captivating dance works that are filled with passion and commitment. In spring and summer 2024, Eliot Smith Dance (ESD) embraces the past and future with the premiere of Paul Taylor’s ‘DUET’ from 1964, alongside Eliot Smith’s latest work – ‘HUMAN’.

TRAILER

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Image: Paul Taylor's DUET | Dancers Rowan Parker and Yamit Salazar | Photographer Fabrice Herault

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

Celebrating 60 years since its first performance by Paul Taylor Dance Company, DUET joins the ESD repertoire. Set to the music of Joseph Haydn, it is a testament to the simplicity and clarity of Taylor's craft. Brief and beautifully shaped, it portrays a love, perhaps not new, but rather tried and true, perfectly executed by two ESD dancers, Rowan Parker and Yamit Salazar.

HUMAN, performed by the Performing Artist of the Year finalist (North East Culture Awards 2023) Yamit Salazar, the work comprises cutting edge contemporary and commercial dancing, exploring the joys, sorrows, idiocies and the brilliance of anything human, set to powerful music by ESD’s composer in residence Adam Johnson.

 

"An impressive and captivating performance" Graham Watts, tanz


"Human has a triumph-over-the-odds backstory worthy of an opener" Cultured North East

 

"One of the greatest performances I've seen for a very long time" Audience Response

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Image: Eliot Smith's HUMAN| Dancer Yamit Salazar | Photographer Will Allen

PERFORMANCES

DURHAM
Fonteyn Ballroom at Dunelm House as part of Durham Fringe Festival
Wednesday 24 July, 7.00pm
 

DURHAM
Fonteyn Ballroom at Dunelm House as part of Durham Fringe Festival
Thursday 25 July, 7.00pm
 

DURHAM
Fonteyn Ballroom at Dunelm House as part of Durham Fringe Festival
Saturday 27 July, 7.00pm
 

DURHAM
Fonteyn Ballroom at Dunelm House as part of Durham Fringe Festival
Sunday 28 July, 7.00pm
 

CREATIVE TEAM

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Eliot Smith

Director & Choreographer

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Paul Taylor

Choreographer

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Carolyn Adams

Restager for DUET

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Adam Johnson

Composer for Human

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Joseph Haydn

Composer for Duet

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Rowan Parker

Dancer in DUET

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Yamit Salazar

Dancer in DUET and HUMAN

DANCING IN THE COMMUNITY

Throughout the season ESD will be delivering dance and arts related workshops for children at St Mark's RC Primary School. This is an opportunity for children living in Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas to meet the cast, learn movement from Paul Taylor's DUET, as well as boost confidence, build self-esteem, improve fitness, interact with professional dancers and to learn more about ESD.

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Image: Year 4 Participants at St Mary's RC Primary School | Photographer Eliot Smith Dance

BOOKING ENQUIRIES

For bookings and enquiries for 2024/25 please contact Eliot Smith directly, creative director eliot@eliotsmithdance.com

FUNDERS

ESD acknowledge the support for PAST & FUTURE from the Friends of ESD and anonymous donors.

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