Echo Echo to bring The Cove across Ireland

Derry's Dance Theatre Company are getting ready to tour their latest production

Echo Echo are gearing up to embark on all-Ireland tour of their dance-theatre production ‘The Cove’

After several years focusing on establishing their own studio, performance venue, festival and participation programme in their hometown, the Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company have confirmed a national tour of their unusual coastal themed dance-theatre production of ‘The Cove’ to venues across Ireland.

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the tour starts with performances at 8pm on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February in Echo Echo’s home studios on Magazine Street. The production will then to tour to other high profile venues such as the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and the Project Arts Centre in Dublin including theatres in Galway, Thurles and Limerick from February to March.

The piece was created as a response to a deep and intimate exploration of a hidden, remote inlet, on the North Donegal coast called Port-a-Doris. It evokes the very particular landscape of the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland; the rocky cliffs, the sea below, the big horizons, the endlessly changing weather. It resonates with the contrasting feelings of being alone in nature and sharing the experience with friends; the effort, the challenge, the pleasure, the fear and sense of mortality, the feeling of rock underneath fingertips, the cold of the water and the smell and taste of the sea air.

The Cove will appeal to anyone who enjoys the outdoors, nature and, particularly, the wild coastline of Ireland as well as those with an interest in dance, movement, theatre and art. It is performed with the audience seated around a beautiful stage set of large reflective structures, created by internationally renowned, Belfast based artist Dan Shipsides. The dancers sit, roll and climb on these sturdy blocks and move them around to transform the geography of the space to recall different natural coastal formations.

Above: Photo by Sarah Bryden.

Directed and choreographed by Echo Echo Artistic Director Steve Batts, The Cove includes an original score by Derry composer Christopher Norby who has also had commissions from the Ulster Orchestra and RTE Orchestra.

Speaking about the latest production, Steve Batts said: “From experience we know that people who love the outdoors, particularly the coast, really enjoy watching this piece. THE COVE is demanding to tour because the beautiful and powerful installation by Dan Shipsides is large, impressive, and both figuratively and literally weighty so we are very happy to have the support of both Arts Councils to allow the work to be seen more widely.”

Tickets for Derry shows are £8/£5 concession and are available to purchase from the studios or at www.echoechodance.com. The Cove will also return to the Echo Echo Studios for a matinee performance on Saturday 25th March at 3pm also.

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