The first international festival of Contact Improvisation to take place in Ireland, led by one of the countries leading and longest established companies, Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company!

Echo Echo have assembled a first-class programme of nationally and internationally respected Contact artist-teachers including Anjelika Doniy (Russia) and Steve Batts (N.Ireland) who will lead intensives, and class teachers Virginia Negru (Romania), Yaeli Margalit (Ireland), Ksenia Isaeva (Russia), Ayesha Mailey, Tonya Sheina, Kelly Quigley and Zoe Ramsey (N.Ireland).

Where: Echo Echo Dance Studios, Derry, Northern Ireland

When: 19th-26th May 2018

“Contact Improvisation practice is an important element of what we do in Echo Echo. We take poetic approach to dancing. We believe that people are naturally poetic in movement from the day that they are born. We are interested in and appreciate that people have a natural desire to move and be moved and to celebrate the joy of simply dancing together or on your own.

The festival takes place in Derry-Londonderry, in Northern Ireland. The city has two names and if you search both on the internet you’ll get slightly different results, but it is the same place! Echo Echo has a lovely space with two studios, one of which transforms into a small theatre space (

Derry is a very interesting place and a place of great contrasts. It is set in a beautiful location on the River Foyle and has history written through its fabric. We are only a few miles away from fantastic beaches, cliffs and hills – some of which are easily reachable by public transport. Echo Echo has had its home in the city since 1997. We create performances, organise a big participation programme and produce an annual international festival of dance and movement performance.” Tonya Sheina & Zoe Ramsey, Festival Directors.

Limited spaces available.

To register visit and complete the online registration form. Any questions please contact us!

Costs for participants
Prices range from £150/week for programme only to £350/week including accommodation and meals with various price points in between depending on your requirements. A deposit will secure your place.

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