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Derry Dance Festival opens with diverse international evening of short works

Friday 3rd November 2017 at 2pm 0 Comments Dance

Short Works performance 2016 Image: Short Works performance 2016

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company’s International Festival of Dance and Movement returns to Derry for an exciting 5th edition running from 7th – 18th November.

The first public performances will be on Wednesday 8th November and Thursday 9th November at 8pm in Echo Echo’s studios on Magazine Street where the festival will present an eclectic evening of 8 short dance pieces from all over the world. The pieces are selected though an “Open Call” process which was advertised widely to the international dance community last July.

Artistic Director Steve Batts says:

“We received 190 proposals from all over the world and I dedicated two weeks to watching video links for each proposal. The process of selecting works to invite is always very demanding but it is also wonderful to focus strongly on the process for some days. Just as in previous years my overwhelming feeling was of great gratitude for the opportunity to see the work of so many people.”

This year the successful artists are from Ireland, Hungary, Greece, Denmark, Netherlands, Israel, Belarus, Belgium and Germany and all the pieces are extremely varied in style. The Short Works programme has become a popular festival feature attracting large audiences annually to Echo Echo’s cosy home studios located on The City Walls. As it showcases a variety of pieces there is always something for different tastes and it is a great introduction to dance for those who may not have so much experience in dance. Booking in advance is advisable.

Last year an audience member at the Short Works said:

“Inspiring on so many levels. An amazing range of talent from so many disciplines of such high quality is rarely seen in Derry.”

Echo Echo’s festival will be running until Saturday 18th November with an outstanding programme of dance, movement and physical theatre performances. All are welcome to join the daily classes, workshops and festival symposium, Come to the dance performances, enjoy the concerts by This is How We Fly and the funky Velvet Alibi, and enjoy the family friendly events including the popular Dance Picnic. Please do come along to move and be moved.

For tickets and full festival programme please visit


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