Oona Doherty

Hope Hunt and The Ascension into Lazarus

10€; 7€ (under 30 – over 60)


7th September | 10:30 pm
8th September | 10:45 pm
La Pelanda – Teatro 1

Hope Hunting lies between the lines of physical theatre, social proclamation and dance. A thumping black golf headlights on sits in waiting, Music thumping from its metal shield. A man who is many men leaks in out of the metal beat, his story, A hunt for hope.
The performer mutates into separate entireties. Morphing from one character to the next. Through speech, movement, and sound we are twisted and contorted through ideas of masculinity, morality and nostalgia. Through wet forgotten roads of memory, the hunter takes the audience with him. He hits and swerves at extreme stereotypes of cultural and social class. The masks of men as a form of personal defense against the self and the world we live in today. The consequences of boredom on the psyche are ripped open through physical labour on stage.
Teetering on the fine lines between comedy and tragedy. To find the importance of self-belief. No matter where you are from, what class you are placed. There are essential needs of love ingrained in all of us. Removing the masks of ego and cultural affectations we hope to find a common ground of truth and hope. Fade to white.
Lazarus rising as the concrete bird of Paradise. An attempt to deconstruct the stereotype of the concrete disadvantaged male, and raise it up into a Caravaggio bright white limbo. It looks to make the smicks, the spides, the hoods, the gypsies, the knackers into the birds of paradise. It is a hunt for hope.

Oona Doherty is a Dance Artist based in Northern Ireland. Oona studied at The London School Of Contemporary Dance, University of Ulster and LABAN London. She has been performing Dance Theatre internationally since 2010 with companies such as: TRASH (NL) Abbattoir Ferme (BE) Veronika Riz (IT) Emma Martin / United Fall (IE). Most recently Oona has performed in Enda Walsh’s critically acclaimed Arlington (Galway International Arts Festival, Abbey Theatre Dublin and St. Anne’s Warehouse New York).
Oona’s most recent work was the creation of a new large-scale piece titled Hard to be Soft – A Belfast Prayer, which premiered as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival 2017. Hard to Be Soft will performed at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin as part of the Dublin Dance Festival in May 2018, Rencontres chorégraphiques in Paris June 2018 and Maison De La Danse in Lyon as part of the Biennale September 2018.
Oona has been awarded the following residencies: The MAC Theatre Belfast HATCH Artist (2016), A Prime Cut Productions REVEAL Artist (2016/17), Maison de la Danse Associate Artist Lyon (2017/18), La Briquetterie Associate Artist Paris (2017/19), Winner of the Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council Northern Ireland (2017)

choreography performer Oona Doherty
car driver and dj Luca Truffarelli
technical director Sarah Gordon
agent and producer Gabrielle Veyssiere