danseurs de profil, dans une pièce sombre avec une lumière bleu marine
© Ghislain Mirat
Oona Doherty
60 min

In 2024, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting The Joyce Theater for the presentation of Navy Blue by Oona Doherty.

Navy Blue is Doherty’s first work for the big stage, a dark choreography for twelve dancers cast throughout Europe. Navy Blue is based on Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2, a work that reflects his own depression and its overcoming. Doherty translates the classical ideal of crisis and redemption into the present: the unison of the classical ballet is flavored with fear and dragged through an existential dread. Untill a re- birth emerges an attempt of freedom, and of a new future.

about the artist

Portrait of Oona Doherty

Oona Doherty

Oona Doherty has been performing dance-theatre internationally since 2010 with companies including: TRASH (NL), Abattoir Fermé (BE), Veronika Riz (IT), Emma Martin/ United Fall (ROI), Enda Walsh and Landmark Productions (ROI).

Doherty’s ground-breaking choreography has earned her multiple awards and prestigious opportunities both in Ireland and abroad. Her solo work Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus (2015) earnt her Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Best Performer Award in 2016 and won the Total Theatre Dance Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. Her first group piece Hard to Be Soft - A Belfast Prayer was voted no.1 UK dance show of 2019 by The Guardian. In 2019 she created Lady Magma: The Birth of a Cult and 2021 saw her first collaboration with (LA)HORDE, collective at the helm for Ballet National de Marseille (FR).

Oona Doherty was awarded the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale Danza in 2021.

Photo : © Luca Truffarelli