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Echo Echo Festival of Dance & Movement 2014 - BUY TICKETS
Echo Echo Festival of Dance & Movement
6th - 15th November 2014
Echo Echo Festival of Dance & Movement returns for a second edition with an outstanding programme of performances: legendary Russian company Do-Theatre, unusual participatory performance work by Shannon Cooney, acclaimed US duo casebolt and smith, two evenings of Short Works featuring local and international guests, and new work for younger audiences by German company Tanzfuchs and by Derry-based Echo Echo Ensemble. Come and see some shows or join us for daily classes, workshops, artist talks, Balkan Alien Sound in concert, and family-friendly Dance Picnics!
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Official Opening of Echo Echo Studios
Echo Echo directors, staff and ensemble with partners and funders, and Mayor Brenda Stevenson
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PRESS RELEASE, 10th October 2014
'Echo Echo to officially open new studios'
Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company will officially open its new home on 16th October. Situated in the two upper floors of Waterloo House, a beautiful historic building in the heart of Derry-Londonderry city centre, and accessed directly from the city's historic walls at Magazine Street, the purpose-built premises house two dance studios, one with performance capability, and a range of office and ancillary spaces.
The company moved into the new building last April during the city's year as City of Culture and the culture year was a major catalyst for the new development that has been in the making for several years as Company Manager, Ailbe Beirne, explained:
"The project has been in planning since 2007 and we first viewed Waterloo House in 2009 so it has been a long journey and many people have played their part. We've raised substantial capital funding from a range of public and private partners and I think it is testament to the quality of Echo Echo's programmes that every funder we approached came on board without exception. The official opening is a way for us to say thanks to those individuals and organisations and to show people around this beautiful new space".
The NI Executive was the principal capital funder of Echo Echo's scheme through the Ilex-managed City of Culture Infrastructure Fund.
Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey said: "The UK City of Culture 2013 funding provided for these arts facilities has not only facilitated the development of artistic ability, and provided opportunities for artists to demonstrate their skills, but it will also contribute to the further enhancement of the historic city walls and the Waterloo Street area. These facilities have enabled dancers to develop and showcase their skills during the culture year and beyond".
Ilex's Director of Ebrington, Caoimhín Corrigan added: "Echo Echo is Northern Ireland's leading dance company. With this dedicated space in our city, they can now provide dancers with a facility to develop the dance and movement art forms and establish new community programmes and partnerships. It was an important project for Ilex to deliver as part of the legacy for the UK City of Culture 2013 and will continue to be a great asset for the city".
Echo Echo's project received major funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and contributed to the economic regeneration of the historic Waterloo Street - Magazine Street conservation area, as Ronan O'Donnell of the Walled City Partnership told us:
"The Board of the Walled City Partnership are pleased to have been able to provide support to Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, through the Townscape Heritage Initiative scheme. Echo Echo's vision has enabled the rejuvenation of the former Irvine's Print Works property, facilitating the restoration of the historic facades, of a key building on Waterloo Street within the Historic City Conservation Area, and the return of formerly vacant city centre floorspace to a sustainable use".
The capital project was supported by funding from Ulster Garden Villages, The Wolfson Foundation, and long-term supporter of Echo Echo's programmes, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Gilly Campbell, Dance and Drama Officer at the Arts Council, said: "At last Echo Echo has a place that it can truly call home - a beautiful purpose-built studio and performance space which will support its work for many years to come. Echo Echo strive, in every performance and workshop it delivers, to offer original and quality dance experiences. This brand new facility will give them the opportunity now to push those standards even higher. We wish them all the very best for the future."
Echo Echo Dance and Movement Studios are open to the public and the company host a wide variety of classes and performance events. In November the company will present some of the best of local and international dance in the second edition of Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement.
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