Echo Echo Calls for Dance Works

Derry-based company invites proposals of short performances to feature in its sixth International Festival programme this November

Derry~Londonderry-based Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company has launched an open call for short works to be performed in the fifth edition of its International Festival of Dance and Movement this November.

The performances, which are to be up to 15 minutes in length, will feature as part of a mixed programme taking place on the evenings of both November 8 and 9. The festival welcomes new works, works which have been performed previously, proposals for improvisation scores, projection/video work and other kinds of performance. It will also provide basic travel expenses and accomodation of three nights for those successful.

While there is no restriction over the style or idiom of works proposed, the dance company is keen on those either in tune with or which challenge its own practice of poetic movement in an interesting way. Artists might already have an existing relationship with Echo Echo, however it is also open to developing creative relationships with first-time invitees.

The company goes on to explain that this could potentially mean the offer of a residency at one of its home studios to facilitate the development of new or previously performed work, with Echo Echo's technical and creative support.

'In each previous year we have had a wonderful mix of work in our open call evenings,' the open call states. '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 five 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.'

Proposals can be submitted in a format which best suits the work. The festival has suggested biographical detail, written descriptions, working process, photographs, video recordings of work proposed and/or previous work as what to include. Videos should however be sent as streaming links rather than email attachments, and capturing the piece in full as opposed to being a promo clip.

'Please send as much material as you think is necessary to represent your proposal well,' reads the announcement, '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.'

Submissions should be emailed to steve@echoechodance.com (with info@echoechodance.com cc'd) by June 30. Successful applicants will receive invitations during August. More information on previous editions of the festival can be found at www.echoechodance.com/projects.