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Languishing in our third lockdown in the coldest, darkest part of the year ain’t great. Looking to provide some inspirational respite using the rejuvenating power of dance is Newcastle-based contemporary dance companies, Eliot Smith Dance, who announce an all-new, virtual dance programme from Winter/Spring 2021.

For a one of subscriptions fee of £10, audiences will be given a front row experience of Eliot Smith Dance’s virtual dance works from the comfort of their own home. Those who subscribe will be able to enjoy productions such as the critically acclaimed Seacole + Nightingale documentary, ESD’s recent Virtual Triple Bill, and At Home Creates, alongside monthly Zoom Q&A sessions with ESD dancers, on-line classes, access to Company archives, and much more. 

Eliot Smith, Artistic Director of Eliot Smith Dance, adds, “As we enter into a third lockdown, it has become apparent to us that the digital works we created  earlier in the pandemic, in particular the Seacole + Nightingale documentary, are just as relevant now, if not more, than when they were originally shown.  

The year 2021 marks 10 years since the Company was founded – my first work was premièred on 19  February 2011 – and as a Company we are determined to continue to remain proactive, despite these  peculiar and challenging times. As well as our dance works, we will be sharing extraordinary archive  materials throughout this year and subscribers to VIRTUAL ESD will be the first to experience them.  

Through VIRTUAL ESD we are aiming to give audiences a new type of access to our work – something that goes beyond what we can do in the theatre”.  

Subscriptions are available from 11 January to 28 March 2021 and can be purchased via their website.

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