Into Contact with Dance and Sport


Into Contact with Dance and Sport
A Connections project funded by Legacy Trust UK
and managed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland
April 2010 to October 2012 

As a lead partner of Legacy Trust UK's Connections programme, Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company will run its project Into Contact with Dance and Sport over three years in the build up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The mission of this project is to deliver an innovative public programme of arts and sport events that will bring people into contact, create and develop cultural partnerships, demonstrate excellence in contemporary dance and sport, and leave a lasting legacy for people in Northern Ireland. 

Into Contact Programme

Into Contact will develop and deliver an outstanding programme of sport themed dance events in partnership with high calibre partner organisations in Northern Ireland, emphasising the skill, beauty and magic of dance and sport.

The performance strand will focus on sports with less exposure offering the chance for these activities to gain a higher profile. A series of inspirational site-specific performance events is currently in development linking dance with sports and games including climbing, chess and Olympic sports.

The Chess Piece production has been granted the prestigious Inspire Mark, which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the London 2012 Games.

The education strand of the project will focus on the position of dance as a Physical Education element of the Revised Curriculum. It aims to improve dance skills development opportunities for teachers and facilitators; and promote creativity, health and well being benefits of dance for young people and in schools.

The audience development strand will deliver increased participation, profile and awareness through a series of high quality workshop programmes and master classes.

The Into Contact project launched in April 2010 and programme activities will run over three years to autumn 2012.

Download Into Contact Information Pack (pdf)

Connections - Connecting Cultures: Inspiring Excellence



Connections is Legacy Trust UK's programme for Northern Ireland.

The programme aspires to reach out to and connect with disparate cultural elements, connecting cultures and inspiring excellence across and between art and sport, prioritising engagement and forming new partnerships with all communities in Northern Ireland.

Connections has been funded by Legacy Trust UK. LTUK, a Principal Funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, is creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK. .

The £1.78 million programme will leave a lasting legacy in Northern Ireland. From now until 2012, Connections will be delivered by six lead partner organisations including Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company.

The Connections programme is managed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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