Image from The Chess Piece (2010) by David McClelland Photography
Into Contact with Dance and Sport
Into Contact was a 'Connections' project funded by Legacy Trust UK and Arts Council of Northern Ireland that took place in Derry and around the northwest during 2010-12.
As a lead partner of Legacy Trust UK's Connections programme, Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company will run its project Into Contact with Dance and Sport over three years in the build up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The mission of this project is to deliver an innovative public programme of arts and sport events that will bring people into contact, create and develop cultural partnerships, demonstrate excellence in contemporary dance and sport, and leave a lasting legacy for people in Northern Ireland.
Into Contact Programme
- The Chess Piece was a large-scale production that took place in summer 2010 with a cast and crew of over 50 people. The project was granted the prestigious Inspire Mark, which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the London 2012 Games. In 2011 The Chess Piece toured to Donaghmore, County Tyrone to work with young people in partnership with BEAM Creative Network.
- Vertical Nature Base by Steve Batts and Dan Shipsides took place through 2011 culminating in a two-week residency at Port-a-doris near Shroove, County Donegal and an installation and performance series at Echo Echo Studios, Bishop Street.
- The Feel of Play is a dance production using the rules, patterns, and drills from team sports training exercises directed by Steve Batts exploring the emotional release of success, the pain of failure, the humour of accidents and the mystery of near perfect communication in shared intent and co-ordinated action.
- The education strand of the project focused on dance's place as Physical Education in the Revised Curriculum for NI. The major educational and participative programme worked intensively with Steelstown PS over 18 months engaging over 400 pupils and teachers. A wide range of mini-projects were offered to improve dance skills development opportunities for teachers and facilitators; and promote creativity, health and well being benefits of dance for young people and in schools.
- The audience development strand developed dance participation, profile and awareness through a series of high quality workshop programmes and Interactions performance evenings providing a platform for a range of locally based artists to show their work.