Short Works programme announcement!


The evening of Short Works at Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement is always a special event in the festival programme. The auditorium is always full. The opportunity to see eight works from different artists in one evening stimulates debate and conversation. The fact that the performers also join the audience to watch each other’s work gives the event the feeling of a creative exchange between artists themselves and the audience members. The warmth of the atmosphere is always remarked on by participating artists and audience members.

The short works programme is selected from an open call which Echo Echo puts out in spring each year. As our festival has become better known and more respected nationally and internationally the numbers proposing performances has grown. In the first year we had 14 proposals and in the second around 30. This year in 2018 we had well over 200. In the past four years I have watched videos of over 600 short works. What a privilege (a time consuming and demanding one) this has been! Of course I haven’t liked everything I’ve seen or thought everything was good work but the overwhelming experience has been one of feeling the immense good-will and honest heart that dancers and choreographers generally put into their creative practice. This year we will welcome artists and companies from all over the world.

At 8pm on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th November at Echo Echo Studios Ferenc Feher from Budapest brings a darkly atmospheric and mysterious duet The Station; Palestinian, Sahar Damoni performs Pirg’in, which suspends between meditative calm and thematic tensions to do with being an Arab woman dance artist living in Israel; Wei-An Hwa from Malaysia performs a beautifully phrased exploration of the art of falling; Julianne Chappel and Maxine Chadburn perform a humorous duet where the removal of all dance affectation has the surprising effect of re-inventing dance; Rikilikemagic (Rachel Sheil) from Limerick brings a chunk of her passion for hip hop and k-pop; Susan Koper comes all the way from Indiana in the USA to present her intense, personal and wonderfully visceral “She Knows In Her Bones”; LBWL Collective (short for the lovely company name, Look But With Love) of Suahee Abro, from Pakistan and Lucia Moretti, from Italy perform the passionate duet Wild Truths, Tender Lies; Luminous Soul from Belfast bring a deceptively simple, understated and touching duet, Meeting of Two Souls by Linda Fearon and Cinzia Savoniiti directed by Helen Hall.

As well as the evening performances there will be a free film showing at 2pm on Friday 16th by Zoe Ui Fhaolain. Zoe submitted A Walk In My Shoes, made with the Camphill Community, Dingle, Kerry, to our “open call” for the programme of short works. It is a lovely gentle call to enter a slower rhythm where compassion and understanding are carried lightly and simply. It was too long for the 15 minute limit for the mixed bill, but we liked it so much that we invited her to show it at a special screening.

We hope you can join us!

Steve Batts, Echo Echo Artistic Director



Short Works

An evening of eight performances selected from the Festival Open Call

Thursday 15th and Friday 16th November at 8pm

Echo Echo Studios, Magazine Street, Derry-Londonderry

Tickets £10 and £8 conc available now



Film Screening

A Walk in My Shoes

Friday 16th November at 2pm

Echo Echo Studios, Magazine Street, Derry-Londonderry

Free entry



Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement takes place in Derry and Belfast from 5th-17th November 2018.

For further information and full programme details visit the company website:






Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s