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2020TIFA Michael Keegan-Dolan《Swan Lake / Loch na hEala》

Feb 21, 2020 - Feb 23, 2020
Venue:National Theater (No.21-1, Zhongshan S. Rd.)
A Perfect Combination of Music, Narrative and Dance!
Silence Is the Most Powerful Word -- A Salvation by the Swan Lake to Regain Hopes.

Photo credits: Foteini, Robbie Jacks

In addition to originality, dealing with the classic is an ultimate trial for creators. The Swan Lake, jointly created by fathers of classic ballet Petipa and Tchaikovsky, is exactly the Mephisto that attracts many artists.

With Swan Lake / Loch na hEala, talented Irish choreographer, Michael Keegan-Dolan and his Teaċ Daṁsa challenge not only classic ballet but also Irish legend, Children of Lir. Peeling off the aesthetic wallpapers of the classic and decorating with plastic rough rug and herring bone ladders create a low-end Irish empire without nobles and aristocrats. Jimmy, suffering from major depressive disorders, came to the lake with a gun and intended to commit suicide, where he met Fionnuala sisters who had been transformed into swans. In the merriment of dance and music, they temporarily forgot the pains and difficulties in real lives, including the priest who had raped Fionnuala and then forced her to forgive him and the cop who chased after Jimmy, etc. Michael Keegan-Dolan, is known for wrecking the classics, also introduces live music by Dublin-based band Slow Moving Clouds to infuse its viewers with a raw, majestic and empowering energy, rooted in the meeting of ancient folklore and the modern world.

Text、Director、Choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan

Michael Keegan-Dolan has been active in the international dance scene in recent years and been invited to participate in major international arts festivals. He founded Teaċ Daṁsa in 2016  as a means to forge deeper connections with his own cultures, that is, the traditions, language and the music of Ireland. With the unique and distinctive style, his works are known for overthrowing traditions and breaking through reality, and have been nominated for Olivier Awards many times. Michael is currently an associate artist at Sadler's Wells in London.

◆ Duration: approx. 75 minutes without intermission.
◆ Performed in English with Chinese surtitles.
◆ This production contains scenes of smoking and partially nudity scenes. Audience discretion is advised.
◆ The age guidance of this production is 12+.
◆ Pre-talk: 30 minutes before every performance at the lobby of National Theater.
◆ Post-talk: 2/23(Sun.) at the lobby of National Theater.


Co-production by Michael Keegan-Dolan; Sadler's Wells Theatre London; Colours International Dance Festival, Theaterhaus Stuttgart; Dublin Theatre Festival and Theatre de la Ville, Luxembourg.