Derry dancers urge the public to dig deep

Janie Doherty, Ester Alleyne and Zoe Ramsey of Echo Echo Theatre rehearse at the house in Crawford Square.  (DER3913JB009)
Janie Doherty, Ester Alleyne and Zoe Ramsey of Echo Echo Theatre rehearse at the house in Crawford Square. (DER3913JB009)

An inspired local dancer has urged the Derry public to help her raise funds for a special site-specific dance piece, ‘Open House’.

Ayesha Mailey of Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company needs the support to fully realise her physical theatre piece, which is directed by herself and performed by the Echo Echo Ensemble.

In late October, this innovative production of dance and theatre will be performed in a local home and will be viewed by the public from the street (under the shelter of a gazebo & with a hot drink!). The Echo Echo Ensemble are currently in rehearsal and they are really excited about creating and performing this new work that is shaping up to be wacky and surprising.

Ayesha and the ensemble work on a freelance and often voluntary basis with Echo Echo and are very lucky to have the support of the company in terms of organisational resources and studio space.

However, Echo Echo can not provide financial support for this project.

Ayesha received half of the original budget for this project from The Culture Company’s Individual Artist Awards but she needs to raise a further £1,800 to cover essential project costs such as publicity, costumes, props, equipment and documentation.

She has decided to do this by crowd-funding, which means Ayesha must reach her target by September 29 or she won’t receive any of the money people have pledged to give so far!