Oona Doherty

"Navy Blue"
Tue Jun 4 - Sun Jun 9

A rising star in the field of contemporary choreography, Belfast-raised choreographer Oona Doherty makes her Joyce debut with Navy Blue, a thrilling amalgamation of ensemble movement, spoken word poetry, and political candor. Set to an eclectic soundtrack of compositions by Sergeï Rachmaninoff and electronic music composer Jamie xx, the work traces a line from the past to the present  while urgently appealing for societal change. “This is a bow to dance, this is a questioning of what to do next,” says Doherty. Navy Blue confronts an existential crisis with a demand for redemption, freedom, and a new future for all. 

The Joyce’s presentation of Oona Doherty is in association with Irish Arts Center, and a HARKNESS FIRST Joyce Theater debut, generously supported by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.


Content Warning: This show contains a gun shot sound effect, brief nudity, strong language, and intermittent loud music.

Special Performances

Curtain Chat: Wed, Jun 5

Funding Credits


The Joyce's presentation of Oona Doherty is made possible with the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Support for The Joyce’s presentation of international dance provided by the R. Britton Fisher and Family Gift for International Dance.