A superb new large-scale film installation which shows almost 500 Derry people dancing, weaving and gliding their way through the city’s streets is being launched today at Echo Echo’s beautiful new base on the City Walls.
The ambitious ‘Without’ - a unique seven-screen film installation - is Echo Echo’s second City of Culture project for 2013 and it will run in its Magazine Street studios for five weeks.
Filmed locally in April this year, ‘Without’ lasts around 20 minutes and is directed by the acclaimed London-based artist and film-maker, Rosemary Lee, in collaboration with the award-winning Derry dance theatre company. A specially commissioned sound score has also been created by Graeme Miller.
With footage from seven different view points, including St Columb’s Cathedral tower and the City Walls, ‘Without’ captures local people moving and gliding throughout the city’s historic landscape in various creative ways, including primary school children, cyclists, skateboarders, rollerbladers and tea-dancers.
Rosemary Lee has been choreographing, performing and directing films for more than twenty years and is in Derry especially for this week’s launch. She readily admits being impressed when she first visited the city.
“I walked the city Walls to get a sense of the location and was amazed and moved by the topography of the city.
“It seemed I could look into and out of the city in equal measure, see its history in the layout of streets as well as in the very stonework, witness its domestic family life and its commercial one in the same view, and all the while see a continuous horizon of distant hills and sky.
“Having been asked to make a new work for and with Echo Echo for 2013, I felt I wanted to honour that first impression and try to include the whole city in some way, creating a gentle and permanent panoramic work that encompassed the living city and its people,” Rosemary added.
Anyone who comes to view ‘Without’ will gain a unique perspective on the city. As they walk into the exhibition they will be surrounded by seven large screens which will give them the sense of looking out across a spectacular panoramic view of the city.
Echo Echo’s Artistic Director Steve Batts says: “However many times you watch new details will emerge. Drawing the watcher towards the depth and beauty of the people, as well as the place, the experience will be touching, dreamlike, nostalgic and hopeful.”
‘Without’ opens to the public today and admission is free. For opening times, visit: www.echoechodance.com or call: 71 308883.