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Eliot Smith Dance announces new Virtual Programming for 2021

11 Jan 2021


Dancer: Victoria Winter. Photo © Eliot Smith Dance

As it enters its 10th Anniversary year, one of North East England’s most influential contemporary dance companies, Eliot Smith Dance, is to present all-new virtual programming for its Winter/Spring 2021 season, continuing to bring the art of dance to the masses despite the third Covid-19 lockdown.

Following on from the success of the ESD DIGITAL platform launched in light of the pandemic in early 2020, the new VIRTUAL ESD programming allows audiences to have a front-row seat to experience “all things ESD” from the comfort of their own home.

For a one-off £10 subscription audiences will have exclusive on-line access to the full content of VIRTUAL ESD. This will allow them to either experience for the first time or revisit some of ESD’s newest virtual dance works, including the critically acclaimed Seacole + Nightingale documentary, ESD’s recent Virtual Triple Bill, and “At Home Creates”. Also available to subscribers will be a monthly Zoom Q&A session with ESD dancers, on-line classes, access to Company archives, and much more. While providing much needed financial support for the Company, the £10 subscription will allow subscribers to enjoy exclusive, members-only content until such time as they are able to enjoy live performances once again.

Eliot Smith, Artistic Director of Eliot Smith Dance, says: “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”.

From 11 January 2021 and up to 28 March 2021, for a £10 one-off subscription, audiences can have access to VIRTUAL ESD from the date they subscribed up to 31 March 2021 via www.eliotsmithdance.com/virtual