Motion Ensemble map & performance dates
Tuesday 30th July 2013 to Saturday 17th August 2013 (inclusive).
Full performance programme including times and locations CLICK HERE (link with Echo Echo website)
MAP of performance locations (pdf 2MB)
New Studios - new address
3 April 2013
Echo Echo has moved to new premises in Derry city centre:
Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company
Derry - Londonderry
Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 28 7130 8883
Email: info [at] echoechodance.com
'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.
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