Tricia Elam-Walker critic for the Huffington Post called the work “a masterpiece” and had this to say:
“ECHO’s message slips beneath our skin rather than hitting us over the head as it serves to connect enslavement’s trauma and its residual effects to the present day trauma of living while black. With sensitivity, power, dignity, and compassion, Dunn and her contingent of dancers and musicians travel back through time and then regroup in present day, showing the viciously steady path of racism and the almost debilitating stress slavery reaped upon a people it sought to but was unable to destroy…. While Dunn masterfully illustrates pain, degradation, and struggle, she also focuses on the triumph of resilience and grace.”
ECHO is an interdisciplinary dance performance that examines themes of race, masked identity and systematic erasure of black narratives. The play explores the displacement of tens of millions of African bodies during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. ECHO viscerally expresses embodied memories of hundreds of years of forced migration from the 15th to the 19th century. The Middle Passage and the modern commodification of the black body still reside within African bodies from centuries past to the present. The opportunity for critical dialogue and thinking will provide a platform for future exploration of the work.
In March 2014, ECHO premiered in The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts, where it was well received to a two night sold out audience. The B. Dunn Movement Dance and Theatre Company recently toured in August 2015 the production to Boston, MA, for a two week residency at the Multicultural Arts Center in East Cambridge and four sold-out performances, with Q & A sessions following each performance amongst cast, crew and audience members for interactive and critical conversations.