Lady Magma Oona Doherty
DDF Artist in Residence
A ritual, a trance, a summoning of ancestral female energy.
From the show
“Lady Magma is a compellingly sexy and strange celebration of flesh and femininity.”
“Doherty proves again the originality of her choreographic voice; she’s a distinctive, generous dance-maker.”
“Fascinating and unpredictable.”
Set against a 1970s burnt orange backdrop, this raw and sensual new work by Oona Doherty is a celebration of womanhood and female sexuality.
Doherty has established herself as one of the most exciting young voices in contemporary dance in Ireland. After rave reviews at DDF2018 with Hard To Be Soft – A Belfast Prayer, a work that later went on to receive top position in The Guardian’s Top 10 dance shows of 2019, Doherty turns her attention from the masculine to the feminine – divining a force that is at once gentle, animalistic, beautiful and shocking.
An ensemble of female dancers invites us to hold sacred space for the ritual that unfolds, exploring female power, pleasure and representation. Drawing strength from each other and from the audience, they summon and unleash their ancestral energy. Deeply connected, their swirling bodies gain momentum as they move together to funk music by DJ and composer David Holmes.
No words, no text, just the truth of the female body. Lady Magma is the birth of a cult before our eyes: jubilant and liberating.
- Choreographer/Director Oona Doherty
- Performers Justine Cooper, Janie Doherty, Aoife McAtamney, Stephanie McMann, Louise Tanoto. Featuring Oona Doherty as Negroni.
- Set and LX Design Ciaran Bagnall
- Soundtrack and Design David Holmes
- Costume Design Dianna Ennis
- Film & Photography Luca Truffarelli
- Production Manager Paul Rooney
- Stage Manager Siobhan Barbour
- Technical Stage Manager Ashley Smyth
Co-produced by Oona Doherty Dance and Prime Cut Productions. Co-commissioned by La Briqueterie - CDCN du Val-de-Marne, Atelier de Paris - CDCN, Espaces Pluriels - Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national danse à Pau, Maison de la Danse - Lyon, Pôle Sud - CDCN Strasbourg, Le Pacifique - CDCN Grenoble, L’Avant-Scène Cognac, Belfast International Arts Festival, British Council. The DDF Artist in Residence programme is kindly supported by Dunne and Crescenzi.