Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement returned for a third edition from 5th to 15th November 2015 with an outstanding programme of performances involving over 60 guest artists, including ensemble work by Stellaris DansTeater from Norway, and Mirva Mäkinen and company from Finland; performances for younger audiences by Spazio Seme from Italy; new works by local choreographers Oona Doherty, Bridget Madden, and Maria Svensson; and two multinational programmes of Short Works following a huge response to the Festival Open Call.
Come and see some shows and join us for a packed programme of daily classes, special performance workshops, funk soul maestros Velvet Alibi in concert, Festival Symposium on Somatics and Composition, and family-friendly Dance Picnic!
Mesmerising, invigorating performances. Dance and movement at its finest. Bravo!! Audience feedback 2015
Festival 2015 Programme
Click image above to view programme. Festival artwork and programme by zoocreative.
Festival 2015 Promo Clip
Festival 2015 Feedback
To my knowledge there is not another festival of this kind in Northern Ireland. It therefore has a unique importance. I love the informality of the event, the chance to really meet and chat with the artists and the warmth of the Echo Echo team. Audience feedback
Echo Echo is a place like no other. It is the only performance space/theatre I have attended over a long life that has such a unique and welcoming atmosphere, both for audience members and participants. Audience feedback
Never a dull moment, it kept changing and surprising us. Beautifully done by talented artists. Very human and funny for all ages! Audience feedback on Spazio Seme
Amazing and thought provoking – challenging norms of performance. Energy, commitment and beauty of movement and emotion. Audience feedback on Docnite
Everyone can participate in these workshops, and this is what makes them truly special: professional dancers, children, pensioners, dance amateurs and teenagers… Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company provides the space for people to come together and relate to each other. Audience feedback
Festival 2015 Thanks
Thanks to all of our visiting artists and companies from near and far who have been an absolute joy to work with in every possible way: Oona Doherty, Neil Brown, Janie Doherty, Zoe Ramsey, Kelly Quigley and team of Docnite collaborators; Sophie Ammann and Roseanne Briens of Junebug Company; Rachel Sheil; Jusztina Hermann and Robert Peoples of Delighters; Yukiko Masui; Jann Gallois; Mel Bradley and Zoe Ramsey; Helga Deasy; Nastasja Stefanic, Koraljka Begovic, Sintija Kucic, Martina Terzic, Iva Stefancic, Branko Nikolic and Marko Rusnov; Leonardo Lambruschini, Catherina Gynt and all at Spazio Seme; Patrik Häggström, Ekaterina Nikitina, Nikolay Shchetnev, Maria Littow, Pirjo Yli-Maunula, Tonje Aas Molnes, Eivind Linn, Gerd Kaisa Vorren, Solveig Leinan-Hermo and all at Stellaris DansTeater who travelled so far to be here; Bridget Madden, Lorna McLaughlin, Esther Alleyne, Abbie Madden, Leonie McDonagh and Gail Mahon; Maria Svensson; Mirva Mäkinen, Tapani Heikinheimo, Krista Arppo, Anni Koskinen, Sebastian López-Lehto, Jouni Ruuth, Oskar Rask, Eevi Tolvanen, Carlos Herrera and Zoe Ramsey; Rohan Armstrong, Neil Burns, Paul Fox, Joseph Leighton, James Anderson, Tom Evans, Gary Quigley, Lewis Smith, Theresa Gallagher, Erin Quinn and Anna Nolan of Velvet Alibi; James King and Lihi Shivak; Laura Sarah Dowdall; Ero Tsampazi; Tonje Aas Molnes and Eivind Linn; Dennis Golden, John McCartney, Carmel Mulrine, Marilyn McLaughlin, Marie Manktelow and Majella Biernat of Body Wisdom; Ellen Factor; and to all of their circles of colleagues, supporters and funders.
Thanks to the wonderful Echo Echo Ensemble Ayesha Mailey, Janie Doherty, Zoe Ramsey, Kelly Quigley, Tonya Sheina who performed, taught, hosted, and worked with several of the visiting artists and companies, and were a constant support throughout; to the super-dedicated Festival Tech Team of Barry Davis and Christian Wiesniewski, and visiting tech Torbjørn T. Sandnes, and everyone else who worked so hard behind the scenes; to Echo Echo Board of Directors Sinead Devine, Matthew Jennings, Cath McBride, Andrea O'Donnell, Marilyn McLaughlin and outgoing directors Tina McCauley, Sarah Bryden and Anthony McCann whose support is and has been so vital; and to our fantastic team of volunteers and staff, Conor McNamee, Carlos Herrera, Felipe Moreira, Theresa Gallagher, Robert, Zoe and Rachel from Ulster University, Anna Nolan, Ailbe Beirne and Steve Batts.
Thanks to all of the people and organisations who contributed this year: Gilly Campbell and all the staff at Arts Council NI; Oonagh McGillion, Brendan McMenamin and staff at Derry City and Strabane District Council; Colette Norwood at British Council; Ciaran Harley and Richard Walsh at zoocreative for the beautiful festival artwork, programme design and website; Simon, Lucy and Calvin at Living Witness Productions for the excellent photography and video; Stage Beyond Theatre; Tuned In Project; St Cecilia's College; Model PS; Fiona Umetsu; Richie Hughes; Kelly-Anne Collins at Dance Resource Base and the team at Audiences NI who worked with us on Festival evaluation; to all of the local Festival Hosts for generously accommodating some of our visiting artists - very much appreciated; Seamus Kennedy of Abbey B&B; to our Festival Friends Hostel Connect, City Cabs, In Your Space Circus, Sandwich Company, The Scullery, Cafe Del Mondo and Tuned In Radio.
Thanks again to all ECHO HUNT Fundit supporters: Abbie Madden, Adam Gibney, Adrian Beirne, Aideen Johnston, Ailbe Beirne, Alice Batts, Andrew Hamilton, Angela Logan, Anna Nolan, Annie Logan, Aoife Toner, Ayesha Mailey, Bernadette Doherty, Brendan Doherty, Bridget Madden, Carl Harrison, Caroline Murphy, Catherine Doran, Chris McAlinden, Daria Lapina, Deirdre Gillespie, Deirdre Beirne, Dennis Golden, Dylan Quinn, Eileen McClory, Esther Alleyne, Fionnuala Mc Kinney, Firkin Crane, Ira Seidenstein, Jenni Doherty, John Ailbe Beirne, Judith Logan and Hafi Saad, Julie McLaughlin, Justine Cooper, Karan Batts, Kate Batts, Ken Fanning, Ken Bartley, Leonie McDonagh, Lorna McLaughlin, Luca Truffarelli, Luke Batts, Lynn Colin Erin Katie Shanks, M Loudon, Majella Biernat, Margaret McDaid, Margaret McCay, Margo Harkin, Matt Jennings, Maureen Brophy, Michelle Black, Nicola Curry, Olga Cathers, Paul Johnston, Paul Johnson, Paula O'Reilly, Peter Ironside, Ryan O'Neill, Sarah Bryden, Sheena Kelly, Sonya Whitefield, Sorcha Shanahan, Stephen Beggs, Steve Lewis, Tadas Leon, Tansy Agnew, Tina McCauley, Tina Nelis, Veronika Riz, ZooCreative, and all anonymous and offline supporters!
Thanks to our funders for the financial resources to make it all happen: to City of Culture Legacy Fund funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Fund and Derry City and Strabane District Council; to Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Lloyds Bank Foundation NI for continued core funding support; and to Echo Echo's Principal Funder Arts Council of Northern Ireland for annual funding support that underpins the Festival and all of our programmes.
Finally, thanks to you - our audiences, friends, families, colleagues and participants for your continued support!
Gallery images courtesy of visiting companies and Living Witness Productions.