Echo Echo CI Festival 2019

24th May - 31st May Echo Echo Studios Daily
Echo Echo Contact Improvisation festival returns for a second edition from 24th-31st May 2019...

EECIF artwork by Mark Willett

Echo Echo Contact Improvisation Festival 2019 - REGISTRATION OPEN!

We are delighted to announce that following the success of the first edition in 2018 that Echo Echo Contact Festival will return from 24th - 31st May 2019!

For further details about the 2019 edition including programme, teachers, pricing and registration details please view the CI Festival menu!

Registration is OPEN: Registration Form (link to Google Forms)



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contact roll image by Eugene Titov 

About Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation is a dance-movement practice that deals with the creative and poetic possibilities and limits of moving in physical touch and close proximity without a plan.

Most partner forms of dance emphasise modules of movement and a particular “feel”. In Contact Improvisation the emphasis is rather on understanding the principles of shared movement so that we can simply meet and create dances from there.

Contact Improvisation dances can be slow, fast, gentle, tender, athletic, boisterous and humorous. They are created through the meeting of two people in physical contact with no fixed intention beyond creating a dance together, and with no fixed leadership role.

Because Contact Improvisation approaches movement in an organic and natural way no-one really arrives as a beginner. We all have movement possibilities and we all understand to some extent, momentum, support, how to bear weight, how to move with and alongside someone else, how to travel up and down alone or together, how to deal with and enjoy gravity, how to adapt to the decisions and movements of a partner and how to understand and appreciate ones own decisions and intuitions as well as those of other people. Contact Improvisation is founded on this natural understanding and it refines and deepens it, opening up the opportunity for a rich expression of the human improvisatory, poetic, sensibility in interactive movement.

CI is a key influence on Echo Echo's unique movement style and Artistic Director, Steve Batts, describes Contact as "one of the great joys in my life".

You can hear Steve talk about Contact here .

Echo Echo regularly hosts Contact Improvisation workshops, classes, performances and jams over the last 20 years and since 2018 hosts Echo Echo Contact Improvisation Festival - the only international CI Festival on the island of Ireland.


Thanks to Eugene Titov, Ailbe Beirne, David McClelland and Simon Alleyne (Living Witness) for gallery images.

What's On

What's On

WITHOUT by Rosemary Lee & Echo Echo

23rd Aug - 20th Sep +

sonic arrangements in the infinite fill - Performance

24th August +

Dance Picnic (Limavady)

24th August +

Carnival of Colours 2019

31st Aug - 1st Sep +

Festival Workshop Tour - Dublin

5th September +

Body Wisdom

6th Sep - 25th Oct (Weekly) +

Festival Workshop Tour - Galway

6th September +

Festival Workshop Tour - Tralee

7th September +

Contact Improvisation Workshop (Cork)

8th September +

Festival Workshop Tour - Belfast

8th September +

A Box (Take Part in Art Festival, Poland)

13th Sep - 15th Sep +

Festival Workshop Tour - Carrick-on-Shannon

14th September +

A BOX (Hawk's Well, Sligo) - Culture Night 2019

20th September +

A BOX (Glor, Ennis)

21st September +

A Box (Roe Valley Arts, Limavady)

12th October +

Halloween Kids Class

26th October +

Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement 2019

5th Nov - 16th Nov +