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Hard to Be Soft: A Belfast Prayer

Prime Cut Productions / Oona Doherty

A dance piece which looks behind the masks of violence and machismo to the inner lives of Belfast hard men and strong women.

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Aggression. Sensuality. Vulnerability. Hard to Be Soft is a dance prayer about — and for — the people of Belfast.

Created by Belfast-based choreographer and dancer Oona Doherty, with driving music by DJ David Holmes (Killing Eve, Ocean’s Eleven, Hunger), Hard to Be Soft looks behind the masks of violence and machismo to the inner lives of Belfast hard men and strong women.

Cast in four episodes, Hard to Be Soft features solos from Doherty herself, a warrior-like hip-hop dance group, and a choreographed wrestling match for a male duet. Using rich, sometimes unsettling imagery from Belfast street life and religious ritual, and set inside a massive, gleaming cage, it contrasts shocking power with meditative stillness.

Oona Doherty is a multi-award-winning choreographer who creates intense, compelling works that appeal for societal change. Hard to Be Soft is a physical prayer celebrating all that we have and an invocation for what we are missing.

Part of You Are Here

Oona Doherty Choreographer & Director
David Holmes Music
Ciaran Bagnall Set & Lighting Designer
Jack Phelan Projections
Luca Truffarelli Video & Photography

Performers: 
Episodes I & IV Oona Doherty
Episode II The Sugar Army
Episode III John Scott & Sam Finnegan


More information about some of the artists:

Prime Cut Productions
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Oona Doherty
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David Holmes
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21-24 August 2019

Dress circle
£25 £20
Stalls
£25 £20
Upper circle
£20
Under 18s
50% off (not available on top price tickets)
Young Scot Card holder
50% off (not available on top price tickets)
Under 26
25% off (not available on top price tickets)
People with access needs
Lowest (unrestricted view) price & free essential companion

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People with access needs can buy a seat in the area of the venue most appropriate for their needs for the lowest (unrestricted view) ticket price for that performance. Your essential companion's ticket will be free. Access discounts are only available by phone, in person or by using SignLive to allow us to provide you with the best possible service for your needs.

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Funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Edinburgh Festivals and

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