Dance festival to ‘inspire, touch and stimulate’

Echo Echo's Dance and Movement Festival are to present the children's production Headwalkers as part of the festival.

Echo Echo's Dance and Movement Festival are to present the children's production Headwalkers as part of the festival.

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Cultural history will be made in Derry today as Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company launch their International Dance and Movement Festival.

From November 8-16, the award-winning dance company will present a special mix of international and local artists to new and not so new audiences here in Derry and are hopeful that this unique festival will become an annual event in the city’s calendar.

Now based within their beautiful new studios at Waterloo House on Magazine Street - one of the few addresses which opens onto Derry’s historic Walls via Hangman’s Bastion - Echo Echo have made their mark on 2013.

Now, their ambitious festival programme will include performances of the international hit show Pandora 88 by German company Fabrik, the winner of several Edinburgh Fringe Festival awards.

Members of County Offaly’s resident Dance Company Legitimate Bodies will bring their hilarious “peace process piece” Hanging in There.

Echo Echo ensemble members and locally based artists: Bridget Madden, Oona Doherty and Sheena Kelly will perform a series of new works especially created for the festival.

There will also be performances of two imaginative and colourful productions especially for children by the innovative German Company Tanzfuchs.

As if that wasn’t enough, there will be talks, classes, music and much, much more.

Artistic Director Steve Batts said: “It will give us the opportunity to invite members of the public to share our passion and enthusiasm for movement based performance and its capacity to inspire, touch and stimulate.”

Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council, described Echo Echo as “trailblazers” whose innovative style is now “recognised globally”.

Echo Echo’s Studios on Magazine Street will be the club, the hub and the venue for the whole festival where people can meet, chat, drink tea, share ideas and hang out between events.

With a limited audience capacity of 100, every show will be on at least twice to give people the chance to attend.

Events are unticketed, so reserve your place by ringing Echo Echo on: 71 308883 or: www.echoechodance.com.

The company say they also welcome donations in lieu of ticket prices.