Festival 2019

Oona Doherty Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus

  • The Yard
  • 14 - 16 October 2019

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A solo performance that bursts with fury, swagger and humanity, Hope Hunt shatters facades, dismantles stereotypes and finds beauty on the periphery.

Adopting multiple personas of disaffected male youth – too often disregarded and stigmatised – Oona Doherty channels aggression, humour, hedonism, joy and despair in quick-fire succession. Fragmented, yet meticulously detailed, her intuitive social portrait vibrates with blistering physical and vocal energy. Gestures, words and utterances combine in a wholly distinctive body language, contorting ideas of masculinity and morality.

Magnificently inventive and uncannily expressive, Doherty’s thumping dance-theatre work invites audiences to look behind the mask of ego and affectation. Having picked up awards at Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, she makes her London debut with Dance Umbrella.

Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with The Yard Theatre

“There’s reverence here, and humour; a massive talent and a hugely original voice”

Gallery +

Photos: Teresa Elwes

  • Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus
  • Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus

Creative team and performers +

  • Oona Doherty
    Choreographer & Performer
  • Joss Carter
    Performer
  • Luca Truffarelli
    DJ Collaborator

Awards & Nominations +

National Dance Awards 2020
Outstanding Female Modern Performance (nominated)
Oona Doherty in Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus

Press +

“There’s reverence here, and humour; a massive talent and a hugely original voice”
★★★★ The Guardian

“Doherty is a phenomenal performer who makes the air electric”
The Times

“Oona Doherty, I am sure of this, is the real deal”
Exeunt Magazine

“A charismatic and compelling performance and a forensic examination of embattled masculinity, holding the attention throughout with unflagging energy”
★★★★ Dance Tabs

“There’s a rawness to her work that has no truck with artifice; she’s not interested in translating her experiences into choreography but in embodying them on stage”
Writing about Dance

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