CultureTECH Performing Arts Challenge

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Echo Echo is pleased to be selected for the shortlist in this exciting CultureTech project.

Challenge Summary

CultureTECH are on the lookout for Northern Ireland based creative thinkers interested in working with some of the most interesting performing arts organisations in Northern Ireland on a series of briefs designed to increase the use of technology within the performing arts sector. Six of the best ideas will receive a small development contract and the best overall idea will win a trip to New York.

Visit the CultureTECH IGNITN Platform where you can view the short promo clip and read the project briefs!

Echo Echo has provided two possible areas that could benefit from further creative use of technology. 


Project proposal 1


Echo Echo's unique movement style and ethos sets it apart from other contemporary dance companies. Through its unique approach to dance as ‘poetic movement', Echo Echo challenges artists, audiences and participants, bringing to bear influences from a wide range of dance, theatre and movement practices.
The scope of Echo Echo's work is very wide working with professional dancers, people with disabilities, children, older people, intergenerational work, beginners through to experienced movers.

Steve Batts, Echo Echo Artistic Director:
"The way that Echo Echo works has, of course, elements that are familiar from other models in the contemporary dance and dance-theatre worlds. However I am unaware of another organisation where the poetic, organisational, cultural and social elements are approached in a similarly consistent and integrated way and which, while being committed to high quality art practice, challenges many of the common assumptions and practices in dance production, community dance, and arts organisation."

A detailed paper on the company's unique artistic approach is available.

Idea: Echo Echo E-book

To create an e-book about Echo Echo's history, working methods, projects, and production repertoire, including video clips, interviews, video clips, images and illustrations. The e-book would have an unlimited number of reading ‘routes' so that the reader can choose where to begin and in what order they would view the material. Echo Echo would wish to work very closely with the designer/s on the look and feel, and the final content of the publication.

For further information on Echo Echo feel free to browse this website and our YouTube and social media channels. 

A Short Introduction to Echo Echo (YouTube clip, 5 mins) 


Project Proposal 2


WITHOUT (2013) is new work by Rosemary Lee and Echo Echo. The highly acclaimed work is seven concurrent 22 minute films presented in-the-round as a 7-screen, 360 degree panorama of Derry, with a cast of 500 people dancing, moving and gliding through the streets.

The highly ambitious work captured an intimate portrait of the city and has been widely celebrated as one of the cultural highlights of 2013. Nearly 3,000 people visited the installation at Echo Echo Studios. The work is technically innovative using networked Raspberry Pis to control seven different back-projected screens. The work also features a specially commissioned sound score by Graeme Miller who sampled the sounds of the city to create a hauntingly beautiful soundscape accompaniment to the films. WITHOUT was included in the CultureTECH 2013 programme and already has several international touring invitations for 2014 and beyond. 

WITHOUT was produced by Echo Echo in association with Artsadmin (London) and remounted with support from The Place (London). Rosemary Lee is one of the UK's leading dance choreographers of the last 25 years. Lee was recently awarded the Bonnie Bird Choreography Award for 2013 and is recipient of Arts Council England's first Exceptional Award for 2014.

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

Idea: WITHOUT - Permanent small-scale representation

To investigate feasibility of an alternative representation of the WITHOUT video installation that will allow viewers to experience the work as a permanent exhibition in Derry and possibly on tour. This could be presented as a Virtual Reality experience if feasible, or another format. The idea of this project is not to substitute the full installation but create a ‘living archive' documentation of the work.

For further information on WITHOUT by Rosemary Lee and Echo Echo see the following links:

WITHOUT short clip by Living Witness

WITHOUT in focus (ACNI)

How to enter 

To enter see the IGNITN website for details.

Please note, we're just looking for ideas - not completed projects - so anyone with a good idea can enter.

Closing Date is 21st February 2014. 

Good luck.





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WITHOUT remount - Press Release


25 November 2013 

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company will re-open Without - the hauntingly beautiful seven-screen film installation by acclaimed artist and filmmaker Rosemary Lee which captures an amazing panoramic view of the city, this week. After the first highly successful presentation of ‘Without' in August, which attracted over 1,500 visitors, Echo Echo are delighted to offer the public another opportunity to see the breathtaking installation from 28th November - 12th December in their new studios in Magazine Street.

Without was filmed last April from seven different view points from St Columb's Cathedral tower and from the City Walls and captures local people moving and gliding throughout the city's historic landscape in various creative ways. Many local cyclists, skateboarders, rollerbladers, teadancers and primary school children took part in the films which have received such an amazing public response.

Eddie Nixon from ‘The Place', London's premiere centre for contemporary dance described Without as: One of the great artworks I have seen in my life."

Whilst a local audience member described the installation as: A sheer delight. So wonderful to view."

The project was the result of a year-long collaboration between Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company and Rosemary Lee for the City of Culture 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.

Echo Echo Company Manager, Ailbe Beirne, said the company is delighted to remount Without: "In terms of artistic quality, feedback from audiences, and contributing to the lasting legacy, this is one of the most ambitious and most beautifully realised productions of 2013. We are happy it has attracted some high profile international touring invitations for next year."

The remount of this special installation is not to be missed and will be presented at Echo Echo Dance & Movement Studios, Waterloo House, City Walls, Magazine Street from 28th November - 12th December.

The project is supported by Culture Company 2013, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and Arts Council England, and in association with Artsadmin and The Place.


Thursday 28 November - Thursday 12 December

Tuesday-Saturday 12-5pm

and open late Thursday to 9pm

Sunday 2-5pm

(Closed Monday) 


For group bookings please contact Echo Echo. 



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