Navy Blue, 12. - 13. October 2023

Navy Blue,
12. - 13. October 2023

She was kicked out of conservatoire during her hard-partying years. Now Doherty has gone on to become one of the most exciting choreographers of her generation.

  • Duration60 min
  • Price165 - 360
  • StageMain stage

Dates & times

– A very cruel piece, says the award-winning choreographer Oona Doherty about her first large-scale work ever.
Navy Blue is now coming to the CODA festival 2023. and Dansens Hus.
It is the working class that Doherty portrays in her works. Loneliness, exploitation, pain and the endless struggle for justice are among the themes that occur in her distinctive choreography. Doherty places as much importance on the music as the choreography in her artistic work. In NAVY BLUE, she has collaborated with the renowned DJ and musician Jamie XX, who has given the choreography a deeply disturbing expression.

A dark night descends over the twelve dancers on stage; they are trapped in a destructive algorithm. A paralyzing fear gradually comes over them. The future seems unmanageable, man insignificant. Choreographer Doherty and her dancers search for a common healing and redemption. Where have we been, and where are we now heading towards? Oona Doherty's artistry largely appeals to social change: Is there any hope in this seemingly bottomless darkness?

Navy Blue has already won critical acclaim across large parts of Europe and the UK. "A brilliant piece" claimed one critic after the world premiere in London. "An unmissable world piece," claimed another.

One thing is certain: NAVY BLUE will not go unnoticed when it gets its Norwegian premiere during this year's CODA festival. Get ready for the most terrifying work of the year.

Accessibility: The text of the performance will be sent out in advance, and it can also be scanned on your phone upon arrival. Sensory balloons can be obtained from CODA volunteers. Sensory balloons are a tool for the hearing-impaired to feel vibrations from the sound. You can also down load the text HERE.

Background material

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    Intervju med Oona Doherty i The Guardian

    Kicked out of conservatoire during her hard-partying years, Doherty has gone on to become one of the most exciting choreographers of her generation. Now she’s teaming up with Jamie xx for a dread-filled new work.

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  • Artistic direction

    Oona Doherty

  • Dancers

    Amancio Gonzalez Miñon
    Andréa Moufounda
    Arno Brys
    Kinda Gozo
    Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold
    Joseph Simon
    Mathilde Roussin
    Ryan ONeill
    Sati Veyrunes
    Thibaut Eiferman
    Tomer Pistiner
    Zoé Lecorgne
    Magdalena Öttl.

  • Managenet and production

    Gabrielle Veyssiere

  • production and administration

    Jenny Suarez
    Virginie Reymond

  • Choreography

    Oona Doherty i samarbeid med danserne

  • Original music score

    Jamie xx av Universal Music Publishing Ltd.

  • Music produktion

    William Smith

  • Additional music

    Sergei Rachmaninov

  • Writer collaborator

    Bush Moukarzel

  • Video conception

    Nadir Bouassria

  • Lighting design and technical director

    John Gunning

  • Costumes conception

    Oona Doherty
    Lisa Marie Barry

  • Foto

    D Matvejevasc

Note! This performance contains sensitive content that may be offensive or triggering.

Navy Blue is a Big Pulse Dance Alliance co-production, co-produced by Dance Umbrella (UK), Dublin Dance Festival (Ireland), Torinodanza Festival (Italy) and Julidans (The Netherlands), co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

A co-production of the Kampnagel International Summer Festival, Sadler's Wells (London), La Biennale di Venezia, Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris), Dance Umbrella Festival (London), Maison de la Danse (Lyon), Belfast International Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Torino Danza, Julidans Festival (Amsterdam), MC2 (Grenoble) PARTNER Pavillon Noir (Aix en Provence), KLAP (Marseille).

Supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and DRAC Ile de France.

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