Hope Hunt & The Ascension into Lazarus

Oona Doherty (UK)
Dance & Performance
© Luca Truffarelli 
Oona
Doherty

is a dance artist based in Northern Ireland. She studied at The London School Of Contemporary Dance, University of Ulster and LABAN London. BA Honours and Post Graduate in Contemporary Dance Studies. She has been performing dance theatre internationally since 2010 with companies such as: TRASH (NL), Abbattoir Ferme (BE), Emma Martin/United Fall (IE).

 

„My work attempts to play with the barrier between the flesh and the soul, the audience and the stage; to share a kinetic experience. I’m motivated to explore states of pure metaphysical honesty. To bring the sex, the punk, the romance and the chi back into the body, the black box, the white cube, and Ireland.“

Oona Doherty (UK)
Thu03./
Fri04. 
May
19.30/
TQW Studios

For Rakete there are day tickets available including entry to all events on the respective day.

In case of sold-out performances, remaining tickets are available at the evening box office.

„She’s a simply phenomenal performer … a raw, switched-on, fragmented and yet meticulously detailed performance, swift and clear and full of sharp body language underpinned by a blistering, intuitive intelligence.“ — The Times

„A powerful stage presence … there’s nothing usual about Doherty … This is dance with grit in its veins, with dirt under its fingernails and a violent secret in its heart.“ — The Scotsman

„The rhythm that the boys give off in the street. The way that they move their feet, the kind of posturing they’re doing: there’s an energy coming off them that’s really frightening. People don’t look at them and I think we need to look. I think the world needs a bit more love.“ — Oona Doherty

One mans hunting. A thumping nackerd car
head lights on
sits in waiting,
Music thumping from its metal shield
A man who is many men leeks in and out of the metal beat,
his story, A hunt for hope.

Doherty 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 drags us through a dirty Europe. He hits and swerves at extreme stereotypes of cultural and social class. The masks of men as a form of personal defence 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. Hopes, dreams and ambitions are parked up in shoddy car parks. To find self-belief. No matter where you are from, what class you are placed. There are essential needs of love ingrained in all of us.

To find the common ground. To sweat to truth.
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. To make the smicks, the spides, the hoods, the gypsies, the knackers, the neds, the delinquents into the birds of paradise.

It is a hunt for hope.

Credits

Concept, Choreography, Performance
Oona Doherty
Technical Direction
Sarah Gordon
Performer (car)
Luca Truffarelli + DJ Truff Truff
Production/Agent
Gabrielle Veyssiere
Producer
Stephen Coulter
Oona
Doherty

is a dance artist based in Northern Ireland. She studied at The London School Of Contemporary Dance, University of Ulster and LABAN London. BA Honours and Post Graduate in Contemporary Dance Studies. She has been performing dance theatre internationally since 2010 with companies such as: TRASH (NL), Abbattoir Ferme (BE), Emma Martin/United Fall (IE).

 

„My work attempts to play with the barrier between the flesh and the soul, the audience and the stage; to share a kinetic experience. I’m motivated to explore states of pure metaphysical honesty. To bring the sex, the punk, the romance and the chi back into the body, the black box, the white cube, and Ireland.“

 
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