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Image: Bisola Bello as Mary Seacole, image by Eliot Smith Dance

When it comes to research and development, North East contemporary choreographer Eliot Smith is second to none. He’s insatiably curious. Each time he creates a piece of work, he listens, learns and immerses himself in the back story. Only then does he lean into the choreography. “It has been a continued passion of mine to look at historical contexts with fresh eyes,” explains Eliot Smith, “to show their relevancy today, and allow the characters involved to speak through the medium of dance.”

In his latest project, due to the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, the artistic director of Eliot Smith Dance has moved beyond live dance performance to create SEACOLE + NIGHTINGALE, a multi-media presentation of the nursing legacy of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale that shines a light on today’s NHS frontline staff. Inspired by the lives of heroes past and present, this interdisciplinary documentary is a new departure for Eliot Smith and his company, and will combine music by composer Adam Johnson, original artwork by Bernadette Koranteng, a poem by children from Seaton Sluice Primary School, and interviews with Trevor Sterling from the Mary Seacole Trust, David Green from the Florence Nightingale Museum and staff from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, intertwined with passionate performances by Eliot Smith Dance.

Filmed in some of Britain’s most beautiful forests, you can expect natural beauty, courage and devotion.

SEACOLE + NIGHTINGALE will premiere free of charge from 7.30pm on Thursday 13th August via Eliot Smith Dance’s website

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