“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.

DU: SUNDAY SHORTS 1 | Curated by Oona Doherty
£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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Choreography Oona Doherty
Sound David Holmes
Light/Set Ciaran Bagnall
Photo/Film Luca Truffarelli
Episode I – Lazarus & the Birds of Paradise Oona Doherty
Episode II – Sugar Army Sugar Army
Episode III – Meat Kalidascope John Scott & Bryan Quinn
Episode IV – Helium Oona Doherty
Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Southbank Centre
British Council, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Belfast International festival and Dublin Dance Festival