'Without' - new work by Rosemary Lee & Echo Echo

Press Release, 16th April 2013


One of the most ambitious dance projects ever undertaken on the island of Ireland has been taking place in many locations around Derry over the last week. Around 500 local people are involved including hundreds of pupils from five local primary schools. It is estimated that many thousands of local people have watched the work being filmed at over 50 locations around the city from Bishop Street to the Guildhall, from Ebrington to Creggan.

Leading dance company Echo Echo, based here in the city for the last 15 years, invited highly acclaimed artist and filmmaker Rosemary Lee to work with them during the year of culture taking place throughout 2013. Rosemary Lee is one of the leading choreographers of recent times, and has made some beautiful and highly acclaimed large-scale works involving professional dancers and local communities.

Lee explained her inspiration for the film:

When I first visited Londonderry/Derry 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.'

Filmed from seven different view points from St Columb's Cathedral tower and from the City Walls, Without will capture local people moving and gliding throughout the city's historic landscape in various creative ways. Many hundreds of local cyclists, skateboarders, rollerbladers and other ‘gliders' have taken up the invitation to be part of the epic new work that will be shown in a unique seven-screen exhibition at Echo Echo Studios from late August to October 2013.

Artistic Director of Echo Echo, Steve Batts said: ‘Rosemary's work shows the exceptional and magical possibilities of creating work with a mixture of professional dancers and non-professionals of all ages and backgrounds. I am very happy to be able to welcome Rosemary to work with Echo Echo on producing Without.'

Echo Echo Company Manager, Ailbe Beirne, said: ‘The response to filming around Derry has been really great. We have called upon so many different people around the city to make it possible and the atmosphere in and around the project has been brilliant with so many new people and children taking part. It has been fascinating to see how much of Rosie's original vision we could actually realise, so the project team have been incredibly committed to make it happen at this level.'

Without filming continues around Derry until Friday 19th April, and the eagerly awaited film will be presented as part of a special exhibition at Echo Echo Dance & Movement Studios, Waterloo House, City Walls, Magazine Street from late August. The project is supported by Culture Company 2013, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council England.


Drama Sectoral Meeting at Echo Echo

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Wednesday 24th April 11:00am - 3:45pm


The Arts Council of Northern Ireland will host a Drama sectoral meeting on Wednesday 24th April 11am - 3.45pm at Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company's new premises, Waterloo House, City Walls, Magazine Street, Derry, BT48 6HH (Accessed from City Walls)

ACNI would like to invite you to a presentation by Prime Cut Productions, NI and East West Theatre Company, Sarajevo on their ongoing international Artistic Collaboration - ‘The Conquest of Happiness'. The presentation will outline the project to date. It will offer a unique opportunity for attendees to gain firsthand insight into creating international collaboration, the processes and lessons learned in the accessing of EU Subvention and the benefits/potential legacy of investing in Artistic Development.

Places at this event are limited so please RSVP by Wednesday 17 April 2013 to jforsyth@artscouncil-ni.org

For further information please contact Joanne Forsyth or Gilly Campbell on 028 90385200.

Commencing our Spring/Summer programme 2013


Now we have had some time to settle into our new home and have completed the hectic filming schedule of ‘Without’ we are ready to commence our Spring/Summer programme. This will run for a four week period from the 6th May 2013.

Please come along and help us really celebrate our new space with some beautiful and creative movement. 

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