ECHO ECHO DANCE THEATRE COMPANY present THE COVE at The Source Thurles

After several years focusing on establishing their own studio, performance venue, festival and participation programme in their home town of Derry, ECHO ECHO DANCE THEATRE COMPANY are delighted to have embarked on a national tour of their beautiful and unusual coastal production of THE COVE to venues all around Ireland. They are delighted to be bringing the tour to The Source Arts Centre on Friday 31st March at 8pm. The tour is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland North/South touring fund and takes the production to Derry, Galway, Belfast, Thurles, Limerick and Dublin.

 ECHO ECHO DANCE THEATRE COMPANY present THE COVE at The Source Thurles

The piece was created as a response to a deep and intimate exploration of a hidden, remote inlet, on the North Donegal coast called Port-a-Doris. It evokes the very particular landscape of the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland… the rocky cliffs… the sea below… the big horizons… the endlessly changing weather. It resonates with the contrasting feelings of being alone in nature and sharing the experience with friends; the effort… the challenge… the pleasure… the fear and sense of mortality… the feeling of rock underneath fingertips… the cold of the water… the smell and taste of the sea air.

 

The piece will appeal to anyone who enjoys the outdoors, nature and, particularly, the wild coastline of Ireland as well as those with an interest in dance, movement, theatre and art.

 

Reflecting on an earlier version of the work, Critic Michael Seaver, wrote in the Irish Theatre magazine that The Cove was:

 

“… told with fable-like simplicity, the dance is a multi-layered meditation on overcoming the constant force of gravity and the fear of falling in order to achieve the joyous freedom of the peak”

 

The Cove is performed with the audience seated around a beautiful installation of large reflective structures, created by internationally renowned, Belfast based artist Dan Shipsides. The dancers sit, roll and climb on these sturdy blocks and move them around to transform the geography of the space to recall different natural coastal formations.

 

Audience Feedback:

“Intriguing and engaging performance. Captured the sense of a rocky cove really well.”

 

The work is directed and choreographed by Echo Echo Artistic Director Steve Batts and includes an original score by Christopher Norby who has also had commissions from the Ulster Orchestra and RTE Orchestra.

 

Echo Echo Artistic Director, Steve Batts says:

“THE COVE has been maturing and developing since it was first presented in 2012 and it has been a huge pleasure to revisit it during our recent rehearsal period. The piece now has a more narrative form than when it was first presented but the core of the work in “embodying landscape”, the direct physical, sensory and emotional response to the natural world, has strengthened and deepened.”

 

THE COVE

THE SOURCE ARTS CENTRE – THURLES
Fri 31st March, 8pm
Tickets: €12 / €10 (Early bird)
Box Office: +353 0504 90204
Book online: www.thesourceartscentre.ie

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