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Over the past year Eliot Smith Company has been inspiring and moving audiences with its vibrant, expressive interpretation through contemporary dance of five of the paintings from the renowned local Pitmen Painters. Now, as part of a triple bill, Eliot Smith has added three new scenes to his hugely popular work Pitman: The Miner, Progging the Mat and The Xmas Tree, telling the story of the mining community through dance interpretations of the Pitmen Painters’ work that’s on display at Woodhorn Museum.

The premiere of these three new sections is coming to Newcastle’s Holy Biscuit from Wednesday 15th until Friday 17th November, where the movement and emotion of the body in dance draws on the rich heritage of the North East. Fascinated by what we can learn from the great figures in our local past, the choreographer has also been inspired by the genius and courage of four great Northerners – William Armstrong, George Stephenson, Grace Darling and Emily Wilding Davison – for his newest creation Portraits Of Courage.

The final part of the trio of performances is Moonlight, a stunning duet which explores that which makes us all human: attraction, connection and love. Set to Luca D’Alberto’s Screaming Silence, the two dancers express vulnerability and intimacy as they discover the strength of their growing love for each other under the moonlight in a vivid and powerful pas de deux.

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