Steve Batts

Embodied Presence

“This Workshop will use the three day to deepen the experience of embodied attention and to sustain a heightened level of this attention to the process of real-time composition. I will introduce a few key ideas from my own work which I usually refer to as Poetic Movement. Among others these will be:

   •     Three fundamentals: Real Presence/Real Time/Real Space

   •     Action-Reaction-Interaction

   •     Directive and Adaptive phases of movement

   •     What is a watcher (audience of colleague) looking for?

   •     Phrasing

The intention will be to develop a more profound sensitivity to the dual aspects of making sense and experiencing mystery in compositional processes. We will begin the work with our main attention on movement but I hope to be able to explore voice, object and text as well.

Please wear something simple and comfortable as a starting point but bring any costumes, objects, texts, materials, instruments etc that you have a current taste for”.

Workshop Dates: 30th, 31st January and 1st February 2017

Times: 11am to 4.30pm

Location: Southbank Playhouse Theatre 

                1a Kimberly Drive  (off Sunnyside St)  Belfast BT7 3EE

Cost: £60 includes lunch

There are limited places left so if you are interested to participate please contact:

Brian Patterson at or 07968643871.

Steve Batts is considered a leading teacher of Contact Improvisation, and is regularly invited to teach and to lead at international Contact Improvisation festivals throughout Europe, Russia and the Middle East. 

He is Artistic Director of Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, which he co-founded in the early 1990’s with Ursula Laeubli. He has an outstanding reputation internationally as a performer and choreographer; and as an inspiring teacher of movement to professional dancers, young children, people with disabilities, and anyone else who has an interest in taking pleasure in poetic movement. He leads, directs and curates all of Echo Echo’s rich programme of work, and has recently focused on the development of the company ensemble through new works The Chess Piece (2010), The Feel of Play (2012), and The Cove (2012).

Steve has been a prolific movement artist since the early 1980’s with Jointwork Dance Group (1983-89) and Sidetrack Dance Theatre (1989-91) in Oxford, England. His recent work has included creating full-length works such as Intimacies for Voices Dance Company, Chisinau, Moldova (2007) and Water Under The Bridge, performed at the Theatre Institute in Kharkov, Ukraine in early 2008. He directed and choreographed Echo Echo’s Ripple Affect (2009/10), and in 2011 he performed his solo work gad gad vaso gadati as part of the Re-Presenting Ireland bill at Dublin Dance Festival, and intergenerational production Walk By (2016). In 2013 Steve curated Echo Echo’s major programmes for UK City of Culture 2013 including The Motion Ensemble and Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement – the Festival is now established as an annual event with a fourth edition taking place in November 2016.