Oona Doherty "A Concrete Song"

“A Concrete Song” is the original poem by Oona Doherty which inspired her Hard to be Soft series. In this series she reflects on her hometown Belfast based on stories and experiences of locals with the aim “to create a dance theatre work that abstracts the broken memories of my youth of Northern Ireland into a neon bright prayer.” The location the video was shot is the Ulster Maple Leaf Sports and Social Club on Belfast’s Park Avenue.

“What if Jesus came back? What if he was bricking your car on the Saintfield road?” she asks in the poem.

To find out more about Oona please check the article written by irish journalist Rachel Donnelly published in the Magazin im August coming out August, 1st.

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Oona Doherty

Hard To Be Soft – A Belfast Prayer

17.+18.8. | HAU1
German Premiere

Credits "A Concrete Song"
Choreography and performance by Oona Doherty | Director: Dave Tynan | Filmed by Hugh O'Conor | Producer: Dawn Mac Allister | Editor: Ross Bradshaw | Score: David Holmes | Sound mixer: Will Farrell | Colourist: Dave Hughes | Design: Ronan Dillon | Special thanks: Bradley Sloane & the Ulster Maple Leaf Sports & Social Club, Mike Donnelly, Screen Scene, Windmill Lane