Ruins + Hope Hunt & The Ascension Into Lazarus

Ruins + Hope Hunt & The Ascension Into Lazarus

  • FUBUNATION (Großbritannien) + Oona Doherty (Irland)
06.November  21:30 - 23:00
Schauspiel Leipzig / Diskothek
07.November  17:30 - 19:00
Schauspiel Leipzig / Diskothek
  • 2021
  • Dance


RUINS (German premiere)

The duo RUINS (debris) by dancers Rhys Dennis and Waddah Sinada opens a dialogue about the myth of masculinity as it is perceived in the Pan-African diaspora. They address a trauma that has been created in the black community for generations through exclusion and marginalization and continues to be passed on today. Relationships with each other are in shambles in many cases, but the soulful intimacy of the two dancers shows that it is possible to leave the past behind and discard or repair old patterns in order to shape the future.

FUBUNATION is an interdisciplinary London-based collective founded in 2017 by Rhys Dennis and Waddah Sinada with a vision to bring greater visibility and representation of black culture to contemporary dance. Her movement language combines forms of contact improvisation with influences from hip hop and African dance styles.


Doherty was awarded the Silver Lion at the Venice Dance Biennale this July. At euro-scene Leipzig, the young artist from Ireland will show her masterpiece HOPE HUNT & THE ASCENSION INTO LAZARUS (Hunt for Hope & the Ascent of Lazarus), an extremely energetic choreography about the lower social classes in her native Belfast. Violence and vulnerability, outbursts of rage and boredom are always close together and are linked in many layers by the choreographer to form a complex portrait of class and gender. Belfast is everywhere.

Oona Doherty was named to the Irish Times Top 10 List of Irish Artists 2017. In the same year she choreographed her first group piece HARD TO BE SOFT – A BELFAST PRAYER, for which she was awarded Best Dance Performance of the Year by the British newspaper The Guardian in 2019. From 2020 to 2022 she is artist in residence of the Dublin Dance Festival.

The meeting with the artists at the bar has to be cancelled due to Corona regulations!


22 / 11 Euro


Choreography / Performance: Rhys Dennis & Waddah Sinada

Sound Design: Sam Nunez

Lighting: Jonathan Samuels Foto Amelia Lancaster, Donnie Sunshine, Ton van Til

Creative Producer: Steph Be

Production: Steph Be

Supporters: Arts Council England, Roundhouse, Irie Dance Theatre, Talawa Theatre, Dance 4, Serendipity, Aerowaves


Choreography: Oona Doherty

Dancer: Sati Veyrunes

DJ / Driver: Fia Nyhan Kavanagh

Lighting: John Gunning

Photo: Chad Alexander

Production: Gabrielle Veyssiere

Supporters: Dance Resource Base, Ar t Coucil of Nor thern Ireland, The MAC Theatre – Belfast, Cathedral Quar ter Ar ts Festival, Bristish Council, Prime Cuts Production

Archive 2021

31th Festival Year