Echo Echo Festival Open Call closes today


Dear friends

Thank you to all of the artists and companies who have submitted Open Call entries to the fifth edition of Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement that takes place in November 2017.

We have had a huge response again this year and as we approach the deadline a very full inbox. Around 150 applications received now so unfortunately we cannot reply individually to each submission.

Our apologies if you experienced technical difficulties or received error messages from Steve’s email address earlier this month but please be assured that all submissions to info [at] have been received.

We are looking forward to reading/watching your proposals and we will contact you should we require further information.

Today, Friday 30th June, is the closing date so there is still time to make a submission. Please follow the guidance here.

Thanks again from the team at Echo Echo



My Johansson residency at Echo Echo Studios

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“This is my last week in residence here at Echo Echo and I have no idea where time has flown to. I feel like I arrived two days ago here in Derry, and not a month ago, which will soon be the case. At the same time as I feel like I have been here forever. Either way I had no idea time could pass that quickly or maybe it has all just been a dream- but I really hope not!

I have been amazingly beautifully welcomed here in Derry, and gotten to know the fantastic people here whom form this company. As well as been given loads of space to research and begin the creation of my new piece in making, Now at once, collaborating with sound and light designer Barry Davis.

There has been brilliant artistic development, exchanges, discussions and input with the company and I also got the opportunity to work with Echo Echo’s outreach programmes who willingly threw themselves into my suggestions and followed the journey offered.

This week will see more creation and a lunchtime-sharing-performance on Thursday 29th June and I am looking forward to not have ran out of my time here completely yet. I will truly miss being here and am hoping to come back again!

Thank you Tonya, Ailbe, Baz, Anna, Steve, Zoe, Kelly, Ayesha, Dara and Mira for having me and to Echo Echo for providing me with this fantastic residence – companies like yours are so needed!”

My Johansson


Upcoming performances by My Johansson

29 June, 13.00, Now at once, Echo Echo Dance Studios, Derry, Northern Ireland
15 July, 19.30, Negotiating space at ODF presents, The Old Fire Station, Oxford, UK
27 and 28 July, Nor I at Franje Arendal, in Arendal, Norway
4 August, 19.00 Commissioned works for Unga Dansare/Dans i Blekinge, Salongen, Karlskronas Konsthall, Karlskrona, Sweden

Echo Echo Festival 2017 – Open Call now open

Selection of images from past Echo Echo Festival Open Calls. Thanks to Living Witness Photography.

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company is pleased to announce an Open Call for short works to be performed in the fifth edition of the Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement in November 2017.

We are looking for short performances which will be part of a mixed programme on the evenings of Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th November 2017. The programme will be the same for both of these nights.

Echo Echo Festival will provide basic travel expenses and accommodation for three nights.

Proposed works should be not more than 15 minutes in length.

We are happy to consider first performances, performances of work that has already been shown before, proposals for improvisation scores, projection/video work and other kinds of performance.

We don’t have any restriction on style or idiom but we are generally interested in work that is in some way consonant with, or an interesting challenge to, Echo Echo’s practice of poetic movement.

We are interested in proposals from artists with whom we already have a relationship and from artists new to Echo Echo. We like to approach all our invitees as colleagues with whom we may develop an ongoing creative relationship.

It may be possible for Echo Echo to offer a residency at our home studios to facilitate the making of new work or in developing previously performed work for the Open Call performance evenings. We can’t offer money but we can offer space and some technical/creative support. Sometimes we can help with accommodation by finding people to host artists in residence.

This is the fifth edition of Echo Echo’s international festival of dance and movement. In each previous year we have had a wonderful mix of work in our open call evenings. This has ranged from solos to sextets, from minimalist to highly theatrical, from improvisation scores to highly detailed set work, and from pieces of less than 5 minutes to pieces that have stretched our 15 minute limit a little. We are always open to the idea that artists whose work has been shown in the open call may be invited back to Echo Echo for longer residencies and/or to perform a full programme at a later festival.

We encourage you to send us the information on your proposal in the form that makes most sense to you. This could include biographical detail, written descriptions, working process, photographs, links to video recordings of work proposed and/or previous work (please don’t attach videos to email however small the file may be and if possible please send a link for streaming rather than for download). We feel that short “promo clips are generally a poor way to understand a piece of work so if you send a link to one of those please also consider sending a link to a video recording of the full piece as well. Please send as much material as you think is necessary to represent your proposal well, but do remember that we have limited time and we receive a very large number of them, so being realistically concise is very helpful for us.

Further information

For information on previous editions of the festival please search in the “projects” section of


Please send us your proposal by email to and also cc it to

Closing date

The closing date is 30th June 2017.


Invitations to successful applicants will be sent during August 2017.

Echo Echo Festival Thanks

Echo Echo Festival is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City and Strabane District Council.

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