WITHOUT at Dublin Dance Festival 2014: 2nd-31st May at RUA RED

WITHOUT (Image by Living Witness) 

WITHOUT by Rosemary Lee and Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company

RUA RED Gallery 1

Opening Friday 2 May 2014

Until Saturday 31 May 2014

Admission free 

A seven-screen film projection with sound, capturing a panoramic view of the City of Derry & its inhabitants. This unique and hauntingly beautiful video installation, directed by acclaimed choreographer, artist and film-maker Rosemary Lee, is the culmination of her year-long collaboration with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company in Derry.

Filmed in 2013 from the city walls, it features 400 local inhabitants - from tea-dancers to skateboarders and school children to cyclists - as they dance, move, glide and reclaim the city streets, regardless of real and imagined boundaries. Featuring a specially commissioned sound score by artist, theatre maker and composer Graeme Miller.

For full details including venue location details please visit the Festival website. 

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WITHOUT was produced as part of the City of Culture 2013 programme in Derry-Londonderry with support of Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, DCAL, Rosemary Lee Projects, Artsadmin, The Place Associate Artist Scheme, and Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company.


Selected Audience comments:

• "One of the great artworks I have seen in my life." Eddie Nixon, The Place

• "Blown away by Without... Beautiful, funny and moving." Matthew Taylor, The RSA

• "Rosemary Lee WITHOUT a great artwork" Sir Nicholas Kenyon, The Barbican

• "So peaceful, so powerful. A great way for people to connect with this place and with each other. Well done all." Martin Reilly, Mayor of Derry

• "So much hard work. So much community involvement. Well done! Thank you." Audience member

• "Beautiful and simple in the way that beauty is simple, but also intricate and layered and incredibly rich - and very moving. The best history, geography and art lesson you could have - all in one!" Audience Member


Reviews of WITHOUT:

• Feature in ANIMATED magazine by Donald Hutera (Dance writer for Sunday Times): http://www.communitydance.org.uk/DB/animated-library/a-gift-to-a-city.html?ed=32213

• Culture NI feature: http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/article/5997/echo-echo-dance-on-the-derry-londonderry-walls


WITHOUT short films: 

• WITHOUT short clip by Living Witness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qcZmeeOgGA

• ACNI Focus on WITHOUT: http://vimeo.com/74184095


WITHOUT credits and thanks

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A collaboration between Echo Echo Dance Theatre, freelance artists, staff and students of University of Ulster and participants from Greater Shantallow Community Arts - including a workshop from international guest artist, Alan Lyddiard

Supported by CXNI - Creative People, Places, Networks

If you are free on Thursday April 3 2014, we would like to invite you to share some of the work we've been doing on movement, text and community engagement with the 'Old Ground' project.

Antonina Sheina (formerly of Malaya Bronnaya theatre company in Moscow, currently with Echo Echo Dance Theatre), Zoe Ramsey (Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company), Dr Matt Jennings (UU), Sorcha Shanahan, Sean Donegan, community collaborators from Greater Shantallow Community Arts and selected University of Ulster Drama students have been working together on the importance of space, relationship, feeling and presence in the moment of performance, playing with extracts from Pinter, Synge and Chekhov.

You are invited to a public workshop of our developing process at Echo Echo Studios from 7pm to 9 pm (Thurs Apr 3).

We've also invited Alan Lyddiard (formerly artistic director of Dundee Rep and Northern Stage theatre companies, now an international community artist - see communityartsinternational.com) to run a workshop at Echo Echo from 2pm to 6pm on Fri April 4. For people who can't get there till later, newcomers are welcome to the second half of Alan's workshop after 4 pm.

Please invite anyone who might be interested to both events. It would be lovely to introduce you to Alan. He is looking to meet other artists for future international, long-term collaboration. He is a world-renowned director of theatre, dance and film and I can say, having worked with him in Newcastle last year, that he has the knack of making everyone feel comfortable and creatively inspired, no matter what their background or experience.

Refreshments will be provided at both events. The project is supported by the CXNI (Creative People, Places, Networks) community exchange programme, run by the University of Ulster and Queens University Belfast.

For further information contact Echo Echo at 71308883. 

Dr Matthew Jennings



Digital Dimensions - Sun 16th Feb @ 6pm


Sunday, 16 February 2014, 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company

Waterloo House, Magazine Street, Derry, DERRY, BT48 6HH

The Music Promise Exceptionally Talented Programme, in collaboration with Music City 2014, Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, and St Mary's College presents Digital Dimensions; an exploration of space in dance and music using new technology .

The composers Peter Moran, Lorcan Doherty, and the Dublin Laptop Orchestra will work with local students from the Music Promise Exceptionally Talented Programme, using coding, improvisation, motion sensors, and live electronics to create soundscapes that the acclaimed dancers of the Echo Echo company will respond to and interact with.

Seán Doherty, co-ordinator of the Exceptionally Talented programme, remarked, ‘this is a unique opportunity for Music Promise to invite artists at the forefront of contemporary music composition to teach and collaborate with local young people, culminating in an exciting performance

Digital Dimensions will be performed in Echo Echo Studios on Sunday 16th February from 6pm to 7pm. 

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