Michael Keegan-Dolan (Micháel MacAodhagáin-O’Dobhailen) founded Teaċ Daṁsa in 2016 as a means to forge deeper connections with the traditions, language and the music of Ireland. The name Teaċ Daṁsa ‘House of the Dance’ in Classical Irish, reflects Michael’s ongoing journey to create dance and theatre work that clearly reflects the place from which it originates.
Swan Lake / Loch na hEala is the first production made by Teaċ Daṁsa. and continues the tradition of ground-breaking productions for which Michael is reputed. It won the Irish Times Theatre Award 2017 for Best New Production and the The UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Production 2018.
Michael rose to acclaim as the artistic director of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre (1997-2015), creating three Olivier Award-nominated productions: Giselle (2003), The Bull (2005), and The Rite of Spring (2009). In 2004, Giselle won an Irish Times Theatre Award and The Bull received a UK Critic’s Circle National Dance Award in 2008. Rian, created in 2011, won a Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award) in 2013 for Best Production.
In 2012 he directed and choreographed a new production of Handel’s Julius Caesar at the London Coliseum, for English National Opera. In 2015 he created an original piece, The Big Noise, for the GoteborgOperans DansKompani working closely with celebrated Nordic Folk Musician, Ale Moller. As Guest Artistic Director of the National Youth Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells London for the 2015 – 2016 season, Michael created In-Nocentes. In March 2017, he devised a new work to Dvorak’s 8th Symphony for the Dance Company at the Gärtnerplatztheater, Munich.
He also has extensive experience teaching and has led workshops for different companies around the world including the Hofesh Schechter Company, Cedar Lake Ballet and the Ballet Junior de Geneva.
Michael was an associate artist at the Barbican Centre, London and is now an associate at Sadler’s Wells London.
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