Body Wisdom begins Fri 4th Oct

Press Release 

Body Wisdom - Dance project for the over fifties

Body Wisdom is a dance project designed especially for people of fifty years and over. It has been running since 2009 and is the product of a partnership between WEA and Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company.

Body Wisdom is a dance project with a difference! Forget about needing to be young and athletic to dance. In this project the wisdom and experience written into the bones, muscles and sinews as we grow older is a positive advantage. Whether you have experience of dance or not, this project offers a great opportunity to just enjoy movement. Body Wisdom has already developed two wonderful original new dance pieces entitled ‘Mapping Memories' and ‘Views from the Hill', and was awarded a BBC Performing Arts Award for excellence in 2012.

So if you are aged 50+ and interested in dance and movement, or maybe you just loved to dance when you were younger and are looking for a new opportunity to dance once again, or maybe you have never had the opportunity to dance before, then this is the project for you. There is no cost to participate.

There are places available for new participants and former experience in dance is not necessary. You will be introduced to a wonderful creative movement process that relies on "the wisdom of your body" rather than on any form of athleticism.

Body Wisdom resumes again on Fridays, starting on 4th October with a 10 weeks skills build programme. The classes will run from 10am until 12 noon weekly. There will be a small intergenerational element to the project working with children and young people alongside the main programme which will be planned once the group is established. The programme ends with a final celebration Dance Picnic party before Christmas. Body Wisdom programme is kindly funded by Derry City Council's Grant Aid Arts and Culture fund.

The Body Wisdom group will meet in Echo Echo's fabulous new dance studios in Waterloo House (formerly CALMS building). The fully accessible studios are located at Lower Magazine Street at Hangman's Bastion on the City Walls.

The project will run on Friday mornings at the new Echo Echo Dance Studio from 4th October 10am - 12noon and will continue until the Christmas break.

For more information or to book contact Sinead Devine @ WEA on 028 71 36 99 47. 


Watch 'VIEWS FROM THE HILL' on YouTube


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WITHOUT - Public View Opening Times

Without - Rosemary Lee & Echo Echo


by Rosemary Lee in collaboration with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company

Friday 30th August - Sunday 6th October 2013
Echo Echo Dance and Movement Studios

Free admission

Around 500 people were involved in filming WITHOUT during April 2013 including cyclists, tea-dancers, skateboarders, dancers, and hundreds of local primary school children.

Many thousands of local people watched the work being filmed around the city from Bishop Street to the Guildhall, from Ebrington to Creggan.

When I first visited Derry/Londonderry I walked the city walls to get a sense of the location and was amazed and moved by the topography of the city. It seemed I could look into and out of the city in equal measure, see its history in the layout of streets as well as in the very stone work, witness its domestic family life and its commercial one in the same view, and all the while see a continuous horizon of distant hills and sky.

Having been asked to make a new work for and with Echo Echo for 2013 I felt I wanted to honour that first impression and try to include the whole city in some way, creating a gentle and permanent panoramic work that encompassed the living city and its people.' - Rosemary Lee

The seven films will be shown concurrently, in-the-round, in a specially created installation in Echo Echo's beautiful new home studios. Each full cycle lasts 22 minutes and will be shown on a continous loop.

Supported by Culture Company 2013, DCAL, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and Arts Council England. Produced by Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company in association with Rosemary Lee Projects and ArtsAdmin.


Friday 30th August - Sunday 6th October 2013 


Saturday 31st August 2pm 


10am-5.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday

10am-8pm Thursday, Friday

2pm-5.30pm Sunday

Runs continually throughout opening hours, each full cycle lasts 22 minutes.


For groups please contact Echo Echo on 71308883.


msword WITHOUT credits (54k) 


Encounter - Performance Art - 23 July

Encounter: A Day of Performance Art

with Amy Brooks, Pauline Cummins, Jennifer Hanley, James King and Frances Mezzetti

23rd July 2013
12 noon - 7pm
Echo Echo Dance and Movement Studios, Magazine Street, Derry

Free admission

Echo Echo warmly invite good friend and exceptional artist James King and his talented colleagues to perform in the Echo Echo Dance and Movement Studios.

This collaborative performance will take place over a period of seven hours. Audience are free to come and go during the performance.

Each artist will commence at their chosen location, making an individual action and as time progresses there will be encounters and interaction between the artists where their work will inform the other or others; each performer will be both receptive and generous; sharing, initiating and responding - intuitively, sensitively and boldly.

There will also be periods of sustained individual performance - complementing the whole; taking energy from and also informing the ensemble.

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