Oona Doherty Brings Navy Blue to OZ Arts Nashville

Oona Doherty's Navy Blue to perform at OZ Arts Nashville in late May.

Nashville, Tenn. – OZ Arts Nashville, a contemporary arts center, has announced an exciting addition to its performance lineup with the arrival of “Navy Blue,” a groundbreaking contemporary dance piece by Oona Doherty. The performances are scheduled from May 30 to June 1, marking a significant event for art and dance enthusiasts in the region.

Oona Doherty, a celebrated choreographer from Northern Ireland, is known for her influential work in Europe’s contemporary dance scene. With a dozen skilled performers, Doherty’s “Navy Blue” has garnered international attention, especially after its acclaimed debut in the United States at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The piece is now set to captivate Nashville audiences before heading to New York for its premiere at the Joyce Theater.

“Navy Blue” is a dynamic exploration of contemporary dance, combining elements of multimedia, spoken-word poetry, and political commentary. The performance features a clash between dancers and a destructive algorithm, offering a profound commentary on the hierarchies within dance, the struggle for creative freedom, and the broader themes of history, politics, and society. The work is inspired by Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot,” and includes a monologue that delves into the artist’s role in societal change.

Mark Murphy, OZ Arts Executive and Artistic Director, expressed enthusiasm for Doherty’s engagement, noting her rapid rise as a sought-after choreographer in the international dance community. Doherty’s work, distinguished by its political messaging and distinctive style, has been showcased at prestigious venues such as the Venice Biennale, Tate Britain, and Sadler’s Wells in London.

Doherty’s “Navy Blue” has been co-produced by 12 leading contemporary dance and theater festivals across Europe, heralding her entry into the circle of preeminent choreographers. The performance at OZ Arts is supported by donors and grants, reflecting the community’s interest in high-caliber artistic endeavors.

Tickets for “Navy Blue” at OZ Arts Nashville are available starting at $30, with performances scheduled for three consecutive nights starting at 8:00 pm from May 30 to June 1. For more information on tickets and upcoming performances, interested parties are encouraged to visit [OZ Arts Nashville’s website](https://www.ozartsnashville.org).

Founded by the Ozgener family in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville has become a significant force in the Southeast’s performing and visual arts scene. The center is committed to presenting works by a diverse range of artists, using innovative forms and technologies, and engaging audiences in meaningful ways. OZ Arts has hosted over 50,000 audience members and facilitated the development of new works by hundreds of artists in its 10,000 square-foot warehouse theater.

About Oona Doherty:

Oona Doherty is a Northern Irish choreographer with an impressive background in contemporary dance. Her work has earned numerous awards and has been featured in collaborations across various media, including music videos and documentaries. Doherty continues to push the boundaries of choreography, exploring themes of social change and cultural commentary through her innovative dance performances.

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