Movement and Memory: Dance Love and Dance Rejection

25 Oct 2023

Michael Keegan-Dolan and Rachel Poirier spoke recently with Marina Harss, for The New York Times, about their current run of performances at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn.

The stories in the show draw upon the kinds of memories — small revelations, as well as shameful or painful experiences — that help shape our inner lives. Keegan-Dolan describes sitting in his home in Dublin, the youngest in a large family, watching Gene Kelly on television as his mother ironed.


And how he felt when he took his first dance class, at 18, towering over the barre in rugby sweats in a room full of “9-year-old girls in pink leotards,” he says. He should feel ridiculous, he adds, “but instead I feel like I am in exactly the right place.


How to Be a Dancer in 72,000 Easy Lessons, a work that “springs from the tension between this thing he loved beyond all others — dance — and the realities of his body” is running at St. Ann’s Warehouse now until November 5th.

The full article can be read here.

Words by Marina Harss
Photos by Finbarr O’Reilly for the New York Times