Navy Blue by Oona Doherty. A line of dancers appear, wearing navy blue clothes and bathed in blue light. Their facial expressions are serious and somewhat weary.
Theatre & Dance
Irish Premiere

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BIAF continues its support of internationally acclaimed local dance maker, Oona Doherty by co-commissioning her most ambitious project to date, Navy Blue.

Using her distinctive and visceral choreographic style seen in previous Festival presentations such as Hard To Be Soft: A Belfast Trilogy and Hope Hunt, Doherty creates an unsettling atmosphere for this new work, presented with special support from Belfast City Council.

A dark night descends and a group of 12 dancers generate a sense of dread, trapped within a destructive algorithm. 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 production considers where we have been and where we are heading, as it urgently calls for societal change.

Navy Blue is a Big Pulse Dance Alliance co-production.

Post show talk on Wednesday 26 October with Oona Doherty in conversation with Dr Aoife McGrath, Queen’s University Belfast.

26 Oct: audio-described performance by Julia Grundy. If you would like advice on the most suitable seats, please contact Box Office at the MAC: or 028 9023 5053 (Mon -Sun 9am-5pm). A number of seats have been reserved.
Audio described performances are designed to welcome people who are blind or partially sighted. They give a live commentary of the visual aspects of a production, along with the actors’ dialogue. Pick up a radio headset from Box Office when you arrive to hear the audio description throughout the show. Made possible thanks to support from Halifax Foundation For Northern Ireland.


  • Artistic Director: Oona Doherty
  • Music: Sergeï Rachmaninoff and Jamie xx
  • Projection Artist: Nadir Bouassria
  • Lighting Designer: John Gunning
  • Production: Gabrielle Veyssiere, LEAD
  • Writer collaborator: Bush Moukarzel
  • Dancers: Amancio Gonzalez Miñon, Andréa Moufounda, Arno Brys, Louise Gourvelec, Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold, Joseph Simon, Mathilde Roussin, Ryan O’Neill, Sati Veyrunes, Thibaut Eiferman, Tomer Pistiner, Zoé Lecorgne, Doublure Magdalena Öttl
  • Costumes Design: Oona Doherty and Lisa Marie Barry
  • Production & Administration: Jenny Suarez

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.

Co-producers: Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany; Sadler’s Wells, London, UK; Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris, France; Dance Umbrella Festival, London, UK; Maison de la Danse, Lyon, France; Belfast International Arts Festival, Belfast, UK; Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin, Ireland; Torino Danza, Turin, Italy; Julidans Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands; MC2, Grenoble, France.

Partners: Pavillon Noir, Aix en Provence, FR; KLAP, Marseille, FR.

Header image © Ghislain Mirat


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