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Teaċ Daṁsa

Swan Lake / Loch na hEala

Created by Michael Keegan-Dolan

Utterly original…utterly brilliant.”
Irish Independent

Following a critically acclaimed international tour that included Dublin Theatre Festival, Sadler’s Wells, London and Sydney Opera House, the winner of best production and best costume design at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017 comes to the Hawk's Well Theatre.

From the imagination of one of Ireland’s foremost dance and theatre makers comes a magical adaptation of one of the most famous of all story ballets, Swan Lake. Michael Keegan-Dolan has forged a searing new vision for this beloved tale, creating a world of magical realism, powerful imagery and potent storytelling.

Featuring a cast of thirteen, including Mikel Murfi, this Swan Lake is rooted in a place where ancient Irish mythology and modern Ireland meet. The Dublin based band Slow Moving Clouds has created a new score that combines Nordic and Irish traditional music with minimalist and experimental influences. The result is a Swan Lake for our time and a stunning debut for Micheal Keegan-Dolan’s new company, Teaċ Daṁsa. This production is presented by Nomad Theatre Network and supported by Arts Council Ireland.

A co-production by Michael Keegan-Dolan; Sadler’s Wells Theatre London; Colours International Dance Festival, Theaterhaus Stuttgart; Dublin Theatre Festival; Theatre de la Ville, Luxembourg. With support from The Civic Theatre, Tallaght, and South Dublin County Council Arts Office.

*Please note, late-comers will not be admitted to this production

What the critics say:

raw, raucous, redemptive, majestic, vital and empowering.”                                                       
*****  The Irish Times

The runaway success of this year’s festival, Swan Lake / Loch na hEala, likewise rolls drama, dance and music together to
create a haunted and haunting piece…It’s a show can that be both ugly and extraordinarily beautiful, as it shifts through darkness
to an eruption of light and joy at the end
*****  The Financial Times

A skilfully crafted work that touches on weakness and power, darkness and transcendence, this is clear-voiced theatre with
magic in its veins
*****  The Evening Standard

Michael Keegan-Dolan, who has a rare gift for transforming old ballets into new, has taken the 19th-century story and hammered
it into a thing of wonder

*****  Observer

For a recent glowing review, visit this article that appeared in Article magazine (December 15, 2017), Reimagining Swan Lake