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.

Digital Program

Special Performances

Curtain Chat: Wed, Jun 5


Run Time

Approx. 50 mins

Funding Credits

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

Oona Doherty, with support from Villa Albertine and Albertine Foundation, is also generously supported by Culture Ireland and Institut Français x Ville de Paris for their performance engagement at The Joyce Theater.

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