Please note! Double feature.
Oona Doherty performs a distillation of the Male and thumping sweaty theatre. "Lazarus and the birds of paradise" attempts to deconstruct the stereotype of the deprived male, and raise it up into a Caravaggio bright white limbo. To make the smicks, the spides, the hoods, the knackers and the vandales into the birds of paradise.
"Lazarus and the birds of paradise" is the final scene of "Hope Hunt and the ascension into Lazarus" - Doherty's solo selected by Aerowaves and the first scene of her new 2017 work "Hard to be Soft - A Belfast Prayer in Four parts".
Please note: The work is shown at Spring Forward on video in a double feature with the performance "KUDOKU".
Oona Doherty is an Irish Choreographer based in Belfast. Oona studied at London School Of Contemporary Dance, University of Ulster and LABAN London (BA Honors and Post Graduate in Contemporary Dance Studies).
Since 2010 she has created and toured internationally dance and theatre works with Companies such as TRASH (NL), Abbattoir Ferme (BE), Veronika Riz (IT), Emma Martin /United Fall (IE).
Oona’s work has been recently performed at festivals around Europe including Ravnedans Festival Norway, and the Dublin Dance Festival. Her creations include 'Docnite', the first full length programme of her original work consisting of three episodes exploring metaphysical states; 'Hard to be Soft – Episode One: Lazarus and The Birds of Paradise' (Belfast Children’s Festival and Dublin Dance Festival); 'Hope Hunt' (Galway Dance Days, Tiger Dublin Fringe), 'Leather Jacket Deluxe', 'Lady Magma' and 'Echo Hunt'.
Oona has been teaching dance theatre workshops in Europe since 2012. She is an ISSAC Associate Artist.
In 2016 Oona became The MAC Belfast HATCH Artist and Prime Cut Productions REVEAL Artist. '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.’'