Eliot Smith Company Double Bill 2016 showcases two new works in celebration of their 5th anniversary.
This double bill from Newcastle's exciting contemporary dance company includes PITMAN created and choreographed by ESC Artistic Director Eliot Smith with the kind permission of The Ashington Group Trustees. It tells the simple but inspiring real life story of a group of miners who with no formal artistic training, depicted their daily lives in a series of paintings which have become celebrated and revered in the art world, as well as providing an important visual commentary for social historians. With intimate solos, duets and dramatic ensemble dancing the work explores the hopes, dreams and determination of the Ashington Group.
The pitman painters have been celebrated through exhibitions, art books and articles and Lee Hall’s hugely successful play. To the best of our knowledge this is the first celebration of these unique individuals in dance form.
Completing the programme is a new work by the award winning international choreographer Maurice Causey known globally for his original, beautiful and highly physical works.
The premiere performance will take place at Newbiggin Maritime Centre and will include a post show talk by Eliot Smith (ESC Artistic Director) accompanied by two company dancers.
Supported and Funded by Arts Council England, Northumberland Arts Development and Ashington Town Council.
PITMAN is in partnership with Woodhorn Museum.
"ESC performance was electric, inspirational and absolutely mesmerising" - Billingham International Dance Festival
"Visually stunning, choreography original and technically so accomplished" - Kay Scorch, Resolutions! 2014