Sabrina Gargano and Verena Schneider reflect on recent residency at Echo Echo Studios

Infinite You by Infinite Project
Infinite You by Infinite Project at Echo Echo Festival 2016 – image by Living Witness

We were really happy to host Sabrina Gargano and Verena Schneider of Infinite Project at Echo Echo Studios last month as part of our 2017 residency programme.

During their short visit back to Derry, Sabrina and Verena worked intensively on research and development of a new work performance and offered several youth dance workshops in partnership with Fireworks DDTA and Brona Jackson Dance.

We look forward to seeing the finished piece and welcoming them back to the Studios sometime soon!

17TH-23RD APRIL 2017


“We, that is Sabrina Gargano and Verena Schneider working together as Infinite Project, are incredibly blessed having spent a week in the lovely studios of Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, receiving an incredible support by the company enabling us to bring our second work a big step further in its research and development.

In November 2016, we were invited to perform our first work Infinite You at the Echo Echo Festival as part of the short works programme, receiving support with travel and accommodation costs. We experienced the great work of the company in Derry-Londonderry, their relationship to their community and strong audience engagement and enjoyed learning about their artistic vision and hard work to be what they are now. One thing that was special about their relationship to the artists is that the communication was going beyond the festival with a deep engagement and interest in everyone’s work and further development as artists. Echo Echo Dance Theatre is very encouraging to invite people back for residencies and to keep the relationship going.

Following a proposal for an R&D for our new work Traces (working title), we were invited to come back this year and offered up to four weeks of studio time. For several reasons, we decided to go for just one week this time and arranged the dates with the artistic director Stephen Batts, arriving on Easter Sunday and staying for a week. Despite the Easter holidays we had full access to studio space and were welcome to stay as long as we wanted in the evening with members of the company arranging the studio to be opened or closed according to our working times. Stephen offered to host us with his family and we were incredibly grateful for the generosity to have free accommodation and unlimited studio space for one full week. Stephen as well as the other members of the company were very welcoming and expressed their interest in a sharing of the early research. The very relaxed and informal way of sharing was supported by Echo Echo’s vision and respect for the time it takes to develop good quality work. We appreciated each person’s time and experience in invaluable artistic discussions.

Being London based and at the early stages of artistic development, we have previously had very hard times of getting enough studio time with our limited private funds to get as deep into our work as we want to go. With the support of Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company we are now at a stage in the R&D at which we hope to apply to other residencies and funding to develop the work further. We think that in the dance world there should be more support to artists in the way that Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company is offering it and hope that the support they are giving to artists in every stage of their career will be recognised and come back to them.”

Traces Demo Clip on YouTube

Further information

Infinite You by Infinite Project on Facebook

Steve Batts, Echo Echo Artistic Director

“It was lovely to have Verena Schneider and Sabrina Gargano as resident artists at Echo Echo for a week. They have a beautiful, serious, connection with each other which gives a strong ground for the development of their duet work.

They showed me a small section of what they are working on and it was intriguing and made me really want to see the finished version of the piece that they are working on.

It is such a privilege to be able to offer space and support to dance artists like them and the others who come to be artists in residence with Echo Echo. We thank them for their generosity in opening their working processes to us and for the gift of teaching while they are here.

We have an ongoing programme of residencies at Echo Echo. Anyone who is interested can contact us: steve [at]”




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