Side Step Festival 2023 | Oona Doherty: Navy Blue


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

Choreography: Oona Doherty in collaboration with the 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
Dancers: 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.
Premiere: 10-13 August 2022, Kampnagel International Summerfestival, Hamburg

Duration: 60 min

42 / 38 / 21 eur (zone A)
30 / 27 / 15 eur (zone B)

The performance at the festival's website

Sinje Hasheider


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Dance House Helsinki, Erkko Hall

Kaapeliaukio 3, Helsinki