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Wild Atlantic dance show at Black Box

Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 1:00am

Derry-based Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company are bringing their beautiful and unusual production ‘The Cove’ to The Black Box Theatre, Galway on Tuesday 21 February at 8pm.

The Cove 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.

The Cove 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 and the endlessly changing weather. It resonates with the contrasting feelings of being alone in nature and sharing the experience with friends, the feeling of rock underneath fingertips... the cold of the water... the smell and taste of the sea air.

The show is performed with 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.

It is directed and choreographed by Echo Echo artistic director Steve Batts and includes an exceptionally beautiful installation created by Dan Shipsides and an original score by Christopher Norby.

Echo Echo Artistic Director, Steve Batts, said, “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.”

Tickets, €18/€16, are available by calling the Box Office on 091-569777 or on

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