Lunchtime performance Thursday 15th March
Echo Echo to perform a lunchtime performance
with special guest musicians Gary Cunningham and Mark O'Doherty
Derry-based dance company Echo Echo invites audiences to a lunchtime dance performance with music from the talented local musicians Gary Cunningham and Mark O'Doherty on Thursday 15th March at 1.30pm.
Echo Echo, widely recognised as Northern Ireland's leading dance company, continues to offer inspiring and playful events at its dance studio on Bishop Street. This lunchtime performance is the second of a series, which will happen once a month. Last month's event saw The Henry Girls perform and improvise with the dancers.
The company invites audiences to drop in and spend 20 minutes of their lunch hour captivated by movement, often accompanied by special guest artists and musicians.
Echo Echo is collaborating with Gary and Mark over the next five weeks for a new dance production called The Feel of Play, which will be performed at various locations around the city- indoors and outdoors.
Echo Echo Development Officer, Sarah Bryden said: "Echo Echo is excited to do the second lunchtime performance after the great feedback from last months event. I would encourage people to come along and see a short performance, eat some delicious homemade cake and enjoy the relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
"We're also delighted to work with Gary and Mark who are fantastic musicians and work well with the improvisory nature of the company."
The lunchtime performance will take place on Thursday 15th March at 1.30pm in Echo Echo Dance Studio on Bishop Street (next to Hendersons Music). The company will provide tea and cake for audience members. There is a suggested donation of £3 at the door. No booking necessary.
For more information about Echo Echo's programme visit www.echoechodance.com or call 028 7130 8883.
Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City Council.
Body Wisdom performances
Media Release: Dance performance from local women aged over 50 in Millennium Forum
Local dance company Echo Echo has once again collaborated with The Worker's Educational Association, to work with local women aged over 50 to create and perform an original dance piece for performances in The Millennium Forum on 9th and 10th March.
The ‘Body Wisdom' group will perform ‘Views from the Hill' - a dance piece that draws on the deep wisdom embedded in the experienced physicality of older people. It is inspired by the participant's memories of visits to Grianan of Aileach.
The dancers will be accompanied by a specially commissioned music score, written and performed by Christopher Norby, with violin from Colin Norrby.
As part of the WEA's Learning Age Project, Artistic Director of Echo Echo Steve Batts has been teaching the Body Wisdom dance programme for older people for three years. The programme was extended through funding from the BBC Performing Arts Fund.
Steve Batts said:
"I like to work with older people. I am in my fifties and although I enjoy working with young athletic people, as an older dancer-choreographer I find my heart more often touched by sharing the movement world of people who have age and experience in their bodies. I am very excited about the opportunity to follow up the beautiful Body Wisdom project that I led earlier in 2010 and 2011."
Learning Age Project Development Officer with Worker's Educational Association, Sinead Devine said:
"The Learning Age Project was delighted to receive new funding from the BBC Performing Arts Fund to develop this new piece with Body Wisdom and to work in partnership with Echo Echo once more. Body Wisdom is very unique in that it offers older people, some of whom have never danced before the opportunity to train with a professional dance company and to create a new piece of dance to performance level, which is a wonderful achievement. The work has been evolving over the past few months and I am really looking forward to the final performances."
Views from the Hill performances will take place on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th March at 8pm in The Millennium Forum Studio. Tickets are £5 and available at the box office on 028 7126 4455.
The Body Wisdom project is kindly supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund, The Atlantic Philanthropies and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Authentic Tango Weekend Fully booked!
It seems that everyone else is as excited about Leilani's arrival as we are in Echo Echo. Her weekend workshop taking place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday 11.30am- 2.30pm is almost fully booked. There are only 2 places left and after that we will be taking names for a waiting list for those still interested.
Contact the Echo Echo office on 028 7130 8883 or email email@example.com to put your name down.
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