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Navy Blue

Oona Doherty

Guest performance Tanzbiennale Heidelberg
Guest performance Tanzbiennale Heidelberg

»Navy Blue« is a dark choreography for twelve dancers. Based on Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, in which he processed his depression and his overcoming of it, Oona Doherty transfers the classical ideal of crisis and redemption into the present: she infuses the symmetry of classical ballet with an existential horror that is only replaced in the moment of rebirth, by the attempt at freedom and the hope for a new future. Her style is angry and defiant to the point of physical pain, but always also sensitive and tender, self-aware, and in search of meditative healing. Thus, in all its disloyalty, »Navy Blue« is also an appeal to the beauty of life and social change.

Oona Doherty is an Irish choreographer and dancer who has been active internationally since 2010. Her sociocritical productions deal with structural violence and her own white privilege. In 2021, she was awarded the Silver Lion at the Venice Dance Biennale 2021.

Amancio Gonzalez Miñon, Andréa Moufounda, Arno Brys, Kinda Gozo, Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold, Joseph Simon, Mathilde Roussin, Ryan O’Neill, Sati Veyrunes, Thibaut Eiferman, Tomer Pistiner, Zoé Lecorgne, Magdalena Öttl
Artistic Direction
Oona Doherty
Oona Doherty in collaboration with the dancers
Jamie xx, William Smith and Sergei Rachmaninov
Oona Doherty, Bush Moukarzel
Video Design
Nadir Bouassria
Oona Doherty, Lisa Marie Barry
Lighting Design & Technical Direction
John Gunning
Stage Management
Lisa Marie Barry
Management & Production
Gabrielle Veyssiere
Jenny Suarez
OD Works
Coproduction: Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel, Sadler’s Wells (London), La Biennale di Venezia, Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris), Big Pulse Dance Alliance (coproduced by Dance Umbrella Festival, London), Maison de la Danse (Lyon), Belfast International Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Torinodanza Festival, Julidans Festival (Amsterdam), MC2 (Grenoble), The Shed (New York City) / Partner: Pavillon Noir (Aix en Provence), KLAP (Marseille) Supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Île-de-France – Ministère de la culture. The original music score for »Navy Blue« is provided courtesy of Universal Music Publishing GmbH.