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Show photographer Sinje Hasheid, Ghislain Mirat

Oona Doherty: Navy Blue

  • Schedule

    Wed 8.2.2023 at 19:00

  • Duration 1 h, no intermission.

Using her distinctive and visceral choreographic style, award-winning choreographer Oona Doherty creates an unsettling atmosphere for her first work for the big stage, Navy Blue.

A dark night descends and a group of 12 dancers generate a sense of dread, trapped within a destructive algorithm.

Choreographer Oona Doherty uses movement, music and colour to reflect pain and loneliness, and the struggles and exploitation of working class people. Often angry and defiant, Doherty and her dancers ultimately search for a wider communal healing and redemption.

Featuring music from Sergeï Rachmaninoff and Jamie xx, this compelling new piece considers where we have been and where we are heading, as it urgently appeals for societal change.

“How can I develop unison dread on stage? Dance form as a problematic symbol of freedom? Unison as a type of micro communism? Individualism as a disease? Using classical dance form and theatre norms as the playing field of a violent cycle. A destructive algorithm.” – Oona Doherty

The performance is part of the Side Step festival organized by Zodiak.
Please contact Zodiak if you have any questions about tickets

Note: The Erkko hall stand is steep and there is no lift to the upper section. Only the first row seats are fully accessible. For people with reduced mobility, we recommend buying a seat in the first row.

It’s a properly brilliant piece. It feels new. Not overly relying on the past or having an obvious agenda concerning the future. It feels in, and deals with the present. Rare.

— Matthew Paluch, Granmilano


Video installation / Basement of Pannuhalli: Navy Blue Faces by Oona Doherty & Luca Truffarelli. Video installation will be seen as a loop during the festival performances of Dance House Helsinki until 11.2.

Sat 4.2. at 19 | Wed 8.2. at 18 | Fri 10.2. at 18 | Sat 11.2. at 16

Entrance with a performance ticket to Dance House Helsinki.

This is a series of faces synced to the speech from Oona Doherty and Bush Mukarzel in Oona Doherty's dance piece Navy Blue. This film is made in 2022 in collaboration with the director Luca Truffarelli. The 13 faces are the original cast of Navy Blue.

Navy Blue Faces, Screenshot from a video.

Oona Doherty & Luca Truffarelli: Hope Hunt filmed

A film by Oona Doherty and Luca Truffarelli will be seen in Cable Factory's Konttori café Tue 7.2. at 19:30.

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Oona Doherty’s distinctive choreography has sparked international attention, earning her multiple awards, rave reviews and prestigious artistic opportunities both in Ireland and abroad. She creates intense, compelling works that appeal for societal change.

Doherty’s solo work Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus (2015) won the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Best Performer Award in 2016 and the Total Theatre Dance Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. Oona Doherty was voted one of the top 10 Irish Artists in 2017 by The Irish Times, and her first group piece Hard To Be Soft – A Belfast Prayer (2017) was voted No. 1 UK dance show of 2019 by The Guardian. She was presented with the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennal in 2021.

Oona Doherty was one of the Aerowaves 2017 selected artists, a Prime Cut Productions REVEAL Artist and The MAC Theatre Belfast HATCH Artist in 2016-17, an Associate Artist at Maison de la Danse de Lyon in 2017-18, an Associate Artist at La Briqueterie Vitry-sur-Seine in 2017-19, and the Dublin Dance Festival Artist in Residence in 2020, 2021 and 2022. She is also one of the Scaling Up artists of Big Pulse Dance Alliance.


Oona Doherty

in collaboration with dancers

Original Music Score

Jamie xx © by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.

Music production

William Smith

With additional music

Sergei Rahmaninov (Piano Concerto no. 2)

Writer collaborator

Bush Moukarzel

Video conception

Nadir Bouassria

Lighting Design and Technical Director

John Gunning

Costumes conception

Oona Doherty, Lisa Marie Barry


Amancio Gonzalez Miñon, Andréa Moufounda, Arno Brys, Kinda Gozo, Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold, Joseph Simon, Mathilde Roussin, Kévin Coquelard, Sati Veyrunes, Thibaut Eiferman, Tomer Pistiner, Zoé Lecorgne, Magdalena Öttl


10-13 August 2022, Kampnagel International Summerfestival, Hamburg


Oona Doherty, OD Works


Kampnagel International Summer Festival (DE), Sadler’s Wells (UK), Théâtre National de Chaillot (FR), La Biennale di Venezia (IT), Maison de la Danse (FR), Belfast International Arts Festival (UK), The Shed (USA) and Big Pulse Dance Alliance

Big Pulse Dance Alliance co-produced by

coproduced by Dance Umbrella (UK), Dublin Dance Festival (IR), Torinodanza Festival (IT) and Julidans (NL) ) and presented by Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer (DE), Zodiak - Side Step Festival (FI), ONE Dance Week (BG), International Dance Festival TANEC PRAHA (CZ), New Baltic Dance (LT), CODA Oslo International Dance Festival (NW)

Funded by

the German Federal Cultural Foundation, co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union, Supported by Kulturstiftug des Bundes and the support of the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Ile-de-France – Ministère de la culture

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