Oona Doherty / Cara Holmes

Welcome to a Bright White Limbo

UND JETZT? ONLINE

As part of the festival UND JETZT?, performances with and from many different artists were planned for the months of March and April. With UND JETZT ONLINE we present a different work and artist every week.


From Mon, April 5 to Sun, April 11 we will show Welcome to a Bright White Limbo, a short film by documentary filmmaker Cara Holmes about choreographer Oona Doherty. Oona's piece HOPE HUNT will be performed live at EinTanzHaus on September 10 and 11.


The program UND JETZT? is funded in the impulse program "Kunst trotz Abstand" of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg.


Welcome to a Bright White Limbo

Combining documentary and live dance performance, this visually arresting film dives into the mind and creative process of Oona Doherty and her award winning dance show Hope Hunt. The film premiered at the Cork International Film Festival, 2019 and has screened at the Dublin International Film Festival, 2020 where it was awarded Best Irish short 2020. The director Cara Holmes was also awarded the DISCOVERY AWARD at the festival. The film received a Special Jury Mention at the Tribeca Film Festival NYC 2020 and it has screened internationally at HotDocs 2020, Newport Beach Festival, Sheffield DocFest 2020, Aesthetica Film Festival 2020. It also won best short film at Still Voices Film Festival 2020, Gaze Film Festival 2020, the IFI documentary festival and the Catalyst International Film Festival, 2020.

Credits

Written and directed by Cara Holmes Producer Zlata Filipovic / Invisible Thread Films Editor Mick Mahon Composer and Sound Designer Die Hexen

Credits

Cara Holmes

Cara Holmes is a film editor and director. She specialises in feature and broadcast documentary, as well as TV dramas, observational documentary series, experimental and short films.

Cara's editing credits include feature documentaries THE FATHER OF THE CYBORGS 2021 (Screen Ireland/RTÉ/BAI) and LOST IN FRANCE 2016 (Screen Ireland/Creative Scotland). This feature documentary received it's world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, it has also screened at the Galway Film Fleadh and CPH:DOX. Other documentary edits include IN LEAGUE WITH GADAFFI and Cara co-directed and edited the documentary TEENAGE AMBASSADORS, an inspiring story of teenage best friends Natasha and Minahil who grew up in the direct provision centre in Athlone, Ireland. Cara's most recent directing work was the IFTA winning documentary WELCOME TO A BRIGHT WHITE LIMBO. Combining documentary and live dance performance, this visually arresting film dives into the mind and creative process of Oona Doherty' and her award winning dance show Hope Hunt. The film premiered at the Cork International Film Festival, 2019 and has screened at the Dublin International Film Festival, 2020 where it was awarded Best Irish short 2020. Cara was also awarded the DISCOVERY AWARD at the festival. The film received a Special Jury Mention at the Tribeca Film Festival NYC 2020 and it has screened internationally at HotDocs 2020, Newport Beach Festival, Sheffield DocFest 2020, Aesthetica Film Festival 2020. It also won best short film at Still Voices Film Festival 2020, Gaze Film Festival 2020, the IFI documentary festival and the Catalyst International Film Festival, 2020.

Other directing credits include the short documentary QUEEN OF THE PLOUGH which won Best Short Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2015. Her short films THE CONDOM MAN and DRAMA DARLINGS have screened at over twenty film festivals worldwide.

Oona Doherty

Oona Doherty is a Dance Artist based in Northern Ireland. She studied at The London School of Contemporary Dance, University of Ulster and LABAN London with BA Honours and Post Graduate in Contemporary Dance Studies. She has been performing Dance Theatre internationally since 2010 with Companies such as: TRASH (NL), Abbattoir Ferme (BE), Veronika Riz (IT), Emma Martin /United Fall (IE), Enda Walsh (IE).

Oona's choreography has toured internationally to critical acclaim: Hope Hunt & the ascension into Lazarus (2015/21), Hard to be Soft - A Belfast Prayer (2017/21), Lady Magma (2019/21).


Awards includes

2016 Hope Hunt - Best Performer Dublin Fringe Festival, Total theatre Award Edinburgh Fringe, (RE)connaissance Grenoble Judges 1st place and Audience1st place

2017 Hope Hunt Winner of the Major Individual Artist Award from the Arts Council Northern Ireland

2019 Hard to be Soft Best dance show The Guardian 2019, Top 10 Music video of the year Rolling Stone, Jamie XX " I Don't know"

Residencies

2016/17 The MAC Theatre Belfast HATCH Artist

2016/19 A Prime Cut Productions REVEAL Artist

2017/19 Maison de la Danse Associate Artist Lyon

2018/19 La Briqueterie Associate Artist Paris

2018/19 Maison La Danse Associate

2020 The MAC Theatre Belfast HATCH Artist

2020/2023 Dublin Dance Festival Artist in Residence

Her visual Art work Death of A Hunter an exhibition consisting of films, installation and sounds work has toured to Saint Etienne Gallery France, Golden Thread Gallery Belfast, International festival Espace Temoin Gallery Geneva.

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