Echo Echo Festival of Dance & Movement

Ireland's second largest dance festival is back

The largest Dance and Movement festival of its kind outside of Dublin returns with a packed schedule from local and international dance artists.

The eleven day festival celebrates poetry in movement and has over 60 guest artists from Ireland, UK, Finland, Norway and Italy taking part in this year’s event, including a large-scale ensemble work by Stellaris.

Back for it’s third installment, the Echo Echo Dance and Movement Festival has grown year on year and promises to be even bigger for the 2015 edition.

Based within the beautiful studio on Derry’s famous City Walls, the first class facilities at the studio are second to none and will host the fantastic performances which will be on show.

“We try to make our festival a place where the work that is presented is not obscure and inaccessible, but does have the potential to touch people deeply, to open the heart, to awaken a watchers own potential for peoptic physicality” said Artistic Director Steve Batts.

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One of the festival highlights is that of ensemble work by the Norwegian dance company Stellaris DansTeater titled Whispers – at the Pearly Gates.

The large scale ensemble work is inspired by the choreographer’s encounters with Alzheimer’s where she marvelled at the complexity of the brain and how different character changes happen. The highly emotive piece uses dance and film as the characters communicate with each other in a landscape which is seemingly real for each of them.

The guys at Echo Echo were inundated for this years festival open call. 2014 attracted 30 submissions, while this year over 100 different artists and companies from around the globe submitted which then needed top be whittle down to only eight. With submissions from as far away as Nigeria and Japan, Echo Echo Artistic Director Steve Batts and his team had some hard decisions to make but were thrilled at just how far-reaching the festival has become.

The evening of short works provides a fantastic opportunity to get a taster of local, regional and international performances, ranging in diciplines.

Another highlight of the festival is Docnite which is the first full length pogramme of choreographer Oona Doherty, consisting of three episodes exploring metapysical states and is a ‘hunt for truth and hope with the flesh of the body.’
Based in Bangor Co.Down, Oona has been performing and creating internationally since 2010 with previous collaborations including TRASH Dance (Netherlands), Abattoir Fermé (Belgium), and Emma Martin (Ireland).

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For the kids the must see show is Spazio Seme’s CIMOSA which is a ‘small fragments of surreal stories, romantic and ironic moods that transport you... a show without speech. Noises, sounds and music. Shadows and dancing bodies. Theatrical tricks and distorted perspective’ performed by the Italian dance company for this funny and touching show.
There will also be numerous chances to get involved with workshops being available which offer a fantastic opportunity to learn first hand from the vast array of dance artists and companies taking part in this years festival.

For a full list of events, check out our dedicated listings page here

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