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Dance Umbrella / Oona Doherty: Hard to be Soft at Southbank Centre

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Time 20:00
Date 11/10/19
Price £21

Delving deep into the psyche of her native Belfast, dancer and choreographer Oona Doherty presents a searing evocation of the city’s streets, in simple yet revealing imagery and visceral physicality.

Named as ‘one of the most exciting talents to emerge in contemporary dance in recent years by the Irish Times, Doherty uses dance as a medium for understanding and perhaps a catalyst for social change.

Incense rises through the darkness. A lone character emerges, posturing defiantly, barely unable to conceal the turmoil beneath such exaggerated masculinity.

An army of young women pound the stage in tribal formation, their synchronised display intimidating yet not free from vulnerability. Father and son tussle over a tortured family history.

Unfolding over four distinct verses, this tender tribute weaves everyday stories into a tapestry of mesmerising movement, religious iconography and haunting sound by DJ David Holmes (Killing Eve, Ocean’s Eleven, Hunger).

★★★★★ “Sensitive yet unflinching, raw and richly choreographed, Doherty’s dance is a major achievement.“ - The Guardian, Aug 2019

★★★★★ “To see Oona Doherty perform is a privilege. Her honesty when she moves is enthralling; she takes you on a cathartic and intense journey.”  -  Seeing Dance, Aug 2019