“We filmed the birth of a villain.”
Belfast-based choreographer Oona Doherty ‘transitions into a new era’ with macabre film The Devil.
Featuring a still-rare example of a visibly pregnant performer, Doherty places her eight-month pregnant body as centre protagonist in a series of blood-curdling and chillingly visceral scenes, captured in sleek dark drama with co-director, Luca Truffarelli.
Speaking about the film, Doherty describes it as portraying her ‘moving from old Oona, old shows, into the new area’… ‘My next show is violent and big and cruel: Navy Blue 2022,’ which has its London premiere at Dance Umbrella Festival 2022, Sadler’s Wells 21-22 October. Learn more
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Cast & Creative +
A film by Oona Doherty & Luca Truffarelli
- Oona Doherty
- Rosie Mullen
- Siobhan Barbour
About the Artists +
Oona Doherty has been performing dance-theatre internationally since 2010 with companies including: TRASH (NL), Abattoir Fermé (BE), Veronika Riz (IT), Emma Martin/ United Fall (ROI), Enda Walsh and Landmark Productions (ROI).
Doherty’s ground-breaking choreography has earned her multiple awards and prestigious opportunities both in Ireland and abroad. Her solo work Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus (2015) earnt her Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Best Performer Award in 2016 and won the Total Theatre Dance Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. Her first group piece Hard to Be Soft – A Belfast Prayer was voted no.1 UK dance show of 2019 by The Guardian. In 2019 she created Lady Magma: The Birth of a Cult and 2021 saw her first collaboration with (La) Horde, collective at the helm for Ballet Nationale de Marseille (FR).
Oona Doherty was awarded the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale Danza in 2021.
Luca Truffarelli is a freelance photographer and video maker based in Dublin. He graduated in photography in 2011 and started experimenting and challenging himself in the field of visual arts. Over the past few years he has been involved in contemporary dance and theatre works as a photographer/video maker, visual/set and sound designer and artistic collaborator.
Commissioned by Irish Art Centre New York
Thanks to The Mac theatre, Belfast