Autumn classes restart

Echo Echo's Autumn Programme is off to a start with our lovely Body Wisdom weekly class commencing on Friday 19th October.

Regular weekly classes for parent & pre-school, children, youth dance, and adults recommence after Halloween break from Saturday 3rd November for six weeks. 

For more info on all our other classes and times visit the Current Programme section.

Rehearsals start for 'The Cove'


Echo Echo Dance in rehearsals for new tour,
inspired by a hidden Donegal cove


The Cove Dance Rehearsals 

Echo Echo, are deep into rehearsals for its newest production, ‘The Cove', which sees them merge visual arts, music and dance with outdoor pursuits- all inspired by a hidden cove on the North Donegal coast.

The director, Steve Batts, discovered the Port-a-Doris cove a few years ago, near Shrove. It became the setting for one of the company's 2011 projects and proved to be a magical, inspiring place- looking out towards Downhill beach on the other side of Lough Foyle.

During that site-specific project, many local residents came to visit and told stories of the cove having been a place where people proposed to their sweethearts and carved their names. They came to dance there too, many years ago, in secret. Interesting that Echo Echo had returned in 2011 to dance too.

In 2012, the dancers are taking it one step further and creating an original performance inspired by their memories and experience of Port-a-Doris. They have scrambled, climbed, picnicked, swam, played, danced and meditated there. They have seen the seals and the fish, the birds and the insects. They have visited in the rain and sun.

The production will include set design by acclaimed Belfast-based visual artist Dan Shipsides and an original music score by talented local composer Christopher Norby- who has composed for Ulster Orchestra and NI Opera.

Echo Echo Company Manager, Ailbe Beirne, said:

"Echo Echo's team of artists and collaborators are of the highest professional level for this project so we must thank the Legacy Trust for the funding support to make it possible. The company has built up a very loyal and interested local audience but I think there are many more people out there who will enjoy this live performance work. It's very cutting edge and combines different art forms, music, theatre, video, lighting, to make something that is very difficult to describe in words. Maybe that's what quality work should be, and it's hopefully what we will see a lot more of in 2013 and in years to come."

Echo Echo is considered to be one of Ireland's leading dance companies and is known for it's innovative projects and unique performance style. The dancers will be in intensive rehearsals for over four weeks before premiering the new work on Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. The tour will finish in Echo Echo's hometown Derry-Londonderry at The Millennium Forum on Wednesday 17th October.

The Cove is funded through Legacy Trust UK's Challenge Fund, which is managed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Legacy Trust UK 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.

For more photos of rehearsals, click here. 


Echo Echo - Legacy Trust events in Belfast on 1 Sept

1st September 2012 


12.30-1.30pm at The MAC, St Anne's Square 

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company will perform The Feel of Play at The MAC, Belfast on Saturday 1st September 2012. The performance will take place outdoors in St Anne's Square at 12.30pm and lasts around 45 minutes. The Echo Echo ensemble are joined by talented musicians Mark O'Doherty and Gary Cunningham (Balkan Alien Sound). Free admission and suitable for all ages!

"Joyful, joyous, life-affirming!" Audience feedback


10.30am-12.30pm in The MAC, The Lab 

The company will also provide an intensive workshop for experienced or professional dancers focusing on the working methods used in The Feel of Play. The workshop will be led by Artistic Director, Steve Batts with the full company ensemble taking part.


2.30-5pm in The MAC, The Lab

In the afternoon of Saturday 1st September, an Echo Echo Dance Picnic will take place in The MAC (in The Lab). This is a cross-generational dance workshop for all ages and abilities from toddlers to grandparents. It has been a very popular event in Echo Echo's programme in recent years with as many as 50 people joing in Derry Dance Picnics. The event starts at 2.30pm and runs to 5pm with a break for cake. Some cake will be provided but do bring some along.

Workshop and Dance Picnic are free of charge but booking is essential so contact us directly on 02871308883 or Or connect with us online on Facebook or Twitter. 


A range of events will take place all day and evening in The MAC celebrating the many succesful projects of the Legacy Trust UK Connections Programme over the last 3 years.

Full programme details (1.3 MB, pdf - to view please right click> save as> and open with Adobe Reader)


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