“One of the most exciting talents to emerge in contemporary dance in recent years”
The Irish Times
Delving deep into the psyche of her native Belfast, Oona Doherty’s searing evocation of the city’s streets and inhabitants is rich in simple yet revealing imagery, shot through with a visceral physicality.
Incense rises through the darkness. A lone character emerges, posturing defiantly, barely unable to conceal the turmoil beneath such exaggerated masculinity. An army of young women pound the stage in tribal formation, their synchronised display intimidating yet not free from vulnerability. Father and son tussle over a tortured family history.
Unfolding over four distinct verses, this tender tribute weaves everyday stories into a tapestry of mesmerising movement, religious iconography and haunting sound by DJ David Holmes. Dance becomes a medium for understanding and perhaps a catalyst for social change.
Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Southbank Centre
More from Oona Doherty at Dance Umbrella festival 2019
MON 14 – WED 16 OCT
£14 (concessions available)
The Yard Theatre
A solo with blistering physical and vocal energy that finds beauty on the periphery.
SUN 13 OCT
£11 & £12 (concessions available)
The first installment of three Sunday afternoons to relax, sit back and enjoy invention by directors and choreographers inspired by the power of dance on film. Take a look through a different lens.
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