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 (Killing Eve, Ocean’s Eleven, Hunger). Dance becomes a medium for understanding and perhaps a catalyst for social change.


Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Southbank Centre

Choreography Oona Doherty

Sound David Holmes

Light/Set Ciaran Bagnall

Photo/Film Luca Truffarelli

AV Design Jack Phelan

Production Manager Eoin Kilkenny

Stage Manager Siobhan Barbour

Producer Una NicEoin for Prime Cut Productions


Gate Boys Charlie Taylor, Oliver Andrews-Waller & Leo Udvarlaky

Episode I – Lazarus & the Birds of Paradise Oona Doherty

Episode II – Sugar Army Alicia Coates, Iolanda Dickson, Lottie Hawkins, Erin Eastmond, Emilia Gould, Paige Lilley, Anna Mallinson, Jada Small-Elcock, Evie Tolley, Tate Tooby

Episode III – Meat Kalidascope John Scott & Sam Finnegan

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