Enjoy free song and dance around the city

Dance 'Shortcuts' will even take place at Nailor's Row on the Walls!
Dance 'Shortcuts' will even take place at Nailor's Row on the Walls!

Musicians and dancers will spill onto the streets this weekend in a number of performances around Derry’s city centre - created in collaboration with the world renowned Hofesh Shechter Company.

Not only will 22 local musicians play to thousands at the Venue in ‘Hofesh Shechter’s reworking of ‘Political Mother’, an additional seven local musicians will perform a stunning Wall of Guitars along Ebrington both tonight and tomorrow, with a further 70 young people dancing their way across five city centre sites in ‘Shortcuts’ on Saturday.

When auditions took place last year, the standard of musicianship was so high that the Israeli born choreographer created a new piece of work to accommodate more.

Now - these seven young guitarists will perform this spectacular new piece of work along with nine guitarists from the Hofesh Schechter Company, tonight and tomorrow from 8.15-8.45pm nightly.

A total of 70 young dancers will also perform throughout the ‘Shortcuts’ free circuit of dance on tomorrow, March 9, from 12 noon to 2pm. Young dancers from Dolphin Dance School, St. Cecilia’s College, Dance students from University of Ulster Magee, Foyle College and the Pat Henderson Academy have worked with Shechter’s company dancers to create new interpretations of Political Mother.

These short vignettes of dance will be performed at the following sites: Guildhall Square, Foyle Gardens, Craft Village, below Ferryquay Gate, and below the Double Bastion which can be accessed via Nailor’s Row. Over the space of the two hours you could stroll from site to site, marvelling at these exciting new interpretations.