Hunter Oona Doherty & Luca Truffarelli

DDF Artist in Residence

Northern Ireland/Italy


Striking movement and immersive cinematography bring to life a powerful take on urban life, masculinity and religion.

Hunter
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17 Nov—30 Nov

Choreographer and DDF Artist in Residence Oona Doherty translates her critically acclaimed work, Hope Hunt & The Ascension into Lazarus, into a surreal and unnerving film, set in her native Belfast.

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FREE (booking required)

Location

Available Online

Duration

36 minutes

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Available to watch online from 12pm (midday), Thurs 17 Nov – 12am (midnight) Wed 30 Nov

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Doherty’s choreography feels spontaneous, with a tenacity coming from within.

The Reviews Hub

There’s reverence here, and humour; a massive talent and a hugely original voice.

The Guardian (on Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus)

No movement or sound went astray; clearly, Ms. Doherty’s work is choreographed within an inch of its life, but the material is so deeply embedded in her compact, pliable form that it also seems unpremeditated.

The New York Times (on Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus)


Centering around the chaotic intensity of a car crash, Hunter is a poetic exploration of working-class masculinity, urban decay and organised religion, all told from the frenetic point of view of a dancer.

Doherty’s powerfully visceral movement style combines with Luca Truffarelli’s vivid cinematography to guide the viewer from the trunk of a battered car, over bleak concrete and through a skeletal scrapyard. Layered with poetry and music from Strength NIA, the journey is bookended by two dreamlike solo performances.

Credits

  • Director & Choreographer Oona Doherty
  • Co-Director & Cinematographer Luca Truffarelli  
  • Dancers Ryan O’Neill and Sati Veyrunes
  • Music Strength NIA – “Northern Ireland Yes”; Meserie mei deus mixed with Notassuch Films – “Wee Bastards”

Commissioned by Art Night and Fact in collaboration with 180 Studios, as part of the 2021 Art Night festival curated by Helen Nisbet.