Welcome to the third edition of Echo Echo Contact Improvisation Festival in Derry, Northern Ireland...


Following the success of last year's festival, Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company is very happy to invite you to the third edition!

Echo Echo Contact Improvisation Festival will be running from 23rd-31st May 2020!

The festival takes place in Derry-Londonderry, in Northern Ireland. The city has two names and if you search both on the internet you’ll get slightly different results, but it is the same place!

We have our own lovely space with two studios, one of which transforms into a small theatre space. You can find out all about the company by browsing this website. You can see our studios at: http://www.echoechodance.com/studios.

Contact Improvisation practice is an important element of what we do in Echo Echo. We take poetic approach to dancing. We believe that people are naturally poetic in movement from the day that they are born. We are interested in and appreciate that people have a natural desire to move and be moved and to celebrate the joy of simply dancing together or on your own.  

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company and the city of Derry

The Echo Echo Studios are directly on Derry’s historic city walls at Magazine Street. Derry is a very interesting place and a place of great contrasts. It is set in a beautiful location on the River Foyle and has history written through its fabric. We are only a few miles away from fantastic beaches, cliffs and hills - some of which are easily reachable by public transport.

Echo Echo has had its home in the city since 1997. We create performances, organise a big participation programme and produce an annual international festival of dance and movement performance.

Click the menu links to find out more about the festival programme, teachers and registration options. We are delighted to welcome outstanding international teachers of Contact Improvisation - Benno Voorham and Lucia Walker - to lead the intensive programmes this year.

If you have any questions please get in touch by email cifestival [at] echoechodance.com or Facebook @echoechodancetheatre.

We look forward to welcoming you to Derry and to Echo Echo!

Tonya Sheina and Zoe Ramsey

Echo Echo Ensemble Artists | Echo Echo CI Festival Directors

CI Festival artwork by Mark Willett