A solo performance vibrating with fury, swagger and humanity
Just like a documentary dance by Ken Loach, Oona Doherty invites the people we seldom meet on a dance scene. Belfast’s young men, with their violence, vulnerability, burst of fury and their sense of boredom.
The dancer Mufasa-Sandrine Lescourant channels in quick sequences aggression, humour, merriment and despair. The social portraits are fragmented and yet meticulously detailed, with sometimes overpowering physics and vocal energy. Gestures, sounds and words are combined in a distinct body language, and twists ideas of masculinity and moral.
Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus is a performance which deconstructs stereotypes and find beauty in periphery.
“[Hope Hunt is] the perfect introduction to Doherty’s stunning embodiment of a stratum of society rarely touched on in dance, the working-class male: specifically chavs, neds, smicks (depending on where you come from), often demonised, rarely sympathetic. But Doherty takes on her subjects not only with keen observation but, more importantly, with love.”