FIRST LOOKS: merry.go.round / Lazarus and the Birds of Paradise
(Maria Nilsson Waller / Oona Doherty)
What happens when you join another person’s orbit? How can you stay together when your paths are splitting apart? Repetitive loops and patterns form the foundation to merry. go.round. While questioning our understanding of the universe, this piece is about the complexity of human relationships – desire, proximity, timing, chance and faith.
A distillation of Northern male youth and the fire of boredom. An attempt to raise the forgotten, disadvantaged stereotype into a Caravaggio bright white limbo. To make the smicks, the hoods, the gypsies, the knackers, into the birds of paradise. Episode one of Oona Doherty’s HARD TO BE SOFT – A Belfast Prayer in Four Parts.