Oona Doherty (Ireland) – NAVY BLUE



Duration: 60 min.

“This is an ugly place, where a deep night Navy blue descends. The colour of the veins of loneliness. Deep within the pain we find beauty. Strength and empathy. Beyond the dust of bombs. In the silence of a destroyed forest. In the floating rubbish of the seas, in the bleeding hands of the slaves. The mistakes of our generation. Hope out of the wounds of violence and capitalist machines.

We go back into the Galactic black of deep space. The first light, the first sound. The first people on earth. Is this a reset? Is this the future? Is it now? What have we done?

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”.



Artistic direction: Oona Doherty

Management et Production: Gabrielle Veyssiere

Production, Administration: Jenny Suarez and Virginie Reymond

Choreography: Oona Doherty in collaboration with the danseurs Original Musique Score: Jamie xx © by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.

Music production: William Smith

With additional music: Sergueï Rachmaninov

Writer collaborator: Bush Moukarzel

Video conception: Nadir Bouassria

Lighting Design and Technical Director: John Gunning

Costumes conception: Oona Doherty and Lisa Marie Barry

Dancers: 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 and Magdalena Öttl.

Navy Blue is a creation of Oona Doherty, produced by OD Works, co-produced by 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 (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 Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Ile-de-France – Ministère de la culture.

Photo: Sinje Hasheider


May 14 2023


19:00 - 20:00


Lithuanian National Drama Theater