Oona Doherty performance Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus


The dance performance Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus by the Irish choreographer Oona Doherty that takes place on one evening, but is an equal part of the exhibition Trigger, launches also EKKM’s performance and performing arts programme. The performance takes place on 13 May in cooperation with the Tallinn Creative Hub at their Cauldron Hall.

Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus was created for a female solo and deconstructs stereotypes – the often demonised, rarely sympathetic figure of the white European working-class man. Masculinity, testosterone, social class and belonging, football fandom, religion and aggression – markers of the Northern Ireland bloke-culture are taken apart and embodied in a highly nuanced choreography, but alternating it with tenderness, nostalgia and empathy. Doherty’s choreography contemplates on the complex layers of class and gender identity one is born into, highlighting the universal need for self-belief and love.

Oona Doherty (1986) is a Dance Artist based in Northern Ireland. She studied at The London School Of Contemporary Dance, University of Ulster and LABAN London. BA Honours and Post Graduate in Contemporary Dance Studies. She has been performing Dance Theatre internationally since 2010 with companies such as: TRASH (NL), Abbattoir Ferme (BE), Veronika Riz (IT), Emma Martin /United Fall (IE). Doherty’s work has been recently performed at festivals around Europe including Ravnedans Festival Norway, and the Dublin Dance Festival. Doherty has been teaching dance theatre workshops in Europe since 2012. She is an ISSAC Associate Artist.

Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus (2016)

Choreography: Oona Doherty
Performer: Sati Veyrunes
Original Music, DJ and Car Driver: Maxime Jerry Fraisse
Production: OD Works – Gabrielle Veyssiere and Oona Doherty
Estonian performance is supported by: Eesti Kultuurkapitali näitekunsti sihtkapital, Tallinna Kultuurikatel, Tallinna Kultuuri- ja Spordiamet
Duration app 40min

On the same evening the museum and bar is open from 16:00–23:00 +
18:00 guided tour at the exhibition in English
18:45–19:45 activation of Bárbara Sánchez-Kane’s work with Maria Metsalu

Tickets available HERE!

Hope Hunt lies between physical theatre, social proclamation and dance. A black VW golf, head lights on sits in waiting, music thumping from its metal shield. A man who is many men leaks in out of the metal beat, his story, a hunt for hope.

The solo female performer mutates into one character to the next. She hits and swerves at extreme stereotypes of cultural and social class. The masks of men as a form of personal defense against the self and the world we live in today. To find the importance of self-belief. No matter where you are from, what class you are placed. There are essential needs of love ingrained in all of us. Removing the masks of ego and cultural affectations we hope to find a common ground of truth and hope.

Fade to white. Lazarus rising as the concrete bird of Paradise. An attempt to deconstruct the stereotype of the concrete disadvantaged male, and raise it up into a Caravaggio bright white limbo. It looks to make the smicks, the spides, the hoods, the gypsies, the knackers into the birds of paradise. It is a hunt for hope.