Local performers from Berlin in Oona Doherty’s Hard to be Soft

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Oona Doherty: Hard to be Soft – A Belfast Prayer

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Local performers from Berlin in Oona Doherty’s Hard to be Soft. Photo © Dajana Lothert
Annette van Zwoll
An attempt to heal the trauma of the collective Belfast body produces very mixed results

 

Oona Doherty moved to Belfast in 1992, aged 10, before the Northern Ireland Peace Process had started. Her four-part performance Hard to be Soft is an attempt to heal ‘something of the trauma being held in the collective Belfast body’. A monumental cage covering the stage serves as a church – a place for comfort and redemption, but also a cause and pretext for tearing the city apart. Doherty first presents as the masculine figure of her solo Hope Hunt.…

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