Ireland's premier Festival of Dance and Movement returns

The Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement, from 5 - 16 November

The Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement is set to return with a major series of performances and events in venues around Derry and beyond.

Now in its seventh year, this year’s edition will take place from 5th to 16th November and features world-class circus theatre from England, contemporary dance from around Ireland, cutting edge physical theatre from Hungary and Austria, and acclaimed step dance from Ireland and the USA.

Fresh from stunning success at Edinburgh Festival and multiple five-star reviews, the brilliant Ockham’s Razor company return to the city with the Irish premiere of their new aerial theatre work This Time which will be shown in the spectacular setting of Derry’s Guildhall.

Acclaimed step dancer from Michigan, USA, Nic Gareiss will present unique site-specific performances in Derry city and county and in County Antrim. 

Irish choreographers are well represented in this year’s programme with work by Ayesha Mailey, Oona Doherty, Eileen McClory, and Liam Ó Scanlaín; as well as a host of other opportunities for local people and visitors to move and be moved. 

Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City and Strabane District Council. 

Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Councillor Michaela Boyle welcomed the Festival’s return: “Derry City and Strabane District Council are proud to support Echo Echo’s International Festival of Dance and Movement through its headline events fund.

"Over the last seven years the festival has developed a reputation for the high standard of its performances and classes. Congratulations to Echo Echo and their partners on developing another exciting 12 day programme.”

Arts Council NI’s Drama and Dance Officer, Caoileann Curry-Thompson, said: “The Arts Council is delighted to support the seventh outing of the Echo Echo International Festival of Movement and Dance.

"We are very excited by the mixture of leading dance practitioners and innovators visiting Derry/Londonderry from across the world, such as the sublime Ferenc Fehér from Hungary, the singular Nic Gareiss from the USA, and the superb Ockham’s Razor from Great Britain.

"And then there is our superb home-grown talent: Ayesha Mailey, Oona Doherty and Eileen McClory. The Arts Council has been proud to support each of these local dance artists in the development of their practice, and we are thrilled that this festival gives them the platform to share their work and demonstrate how Northern Ireland punches above its weight in terms of the sheer quality and innovation of dance and movement that we produce. An event not to be missed.”

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