How To Be A Dancer in Seventy-two Thousand Easy Lessons

A Gate Theatre and Teaċ Daṁsa co-production

A story of innocence and experience, sexuality and shame, humiliation and defiance, identity and nationality, endings and ancestry. Written and choreographed by Michael Keegan-Dolan, and performed with dancer Rachel Poirier, How To Be A Dancer In Seventy-two Thousand Easy Lessons presents the profound, accidental, ridiculous banality of lives lived and lives imagined.


Following the success of MÁM and Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, Teaċ Daṁsa returned to the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2022 with this intimate co-production with the Gate Theatre.

Ce que j’ai fait, ce soir-là
Ce qu’elle a dit, ce soir-là
Réalisant mon espoir
Je me lance vers la gloire, okay

– Psychokiller
D. Byrne, C. Frantz, T. Weymouth


Michael Keegan-Dolan

Choreography and Performance.
Michael Keegan-Dolan and Rachel Poirier

Rachel Poirier and Adam Silverman

Set and Costume Designer.
Hyemi Shin

Lighting Designer.
Adam Silverman

Sound Designer.
Sandra Ní Mhathúna

Rehearsal Directors.
Bea Bidault and Jimmy Southward



''bewitching...the perfect level of building energy and cathartic release''

Sara Keating, The Irish Times ★★★★

''This coming of age journey of dance, text and theatre, being a treasure trove of large and little joys''

Chris O'Rourke, The Arts Review ★★★★★

''The relentless engagement of the two bodies with each other and the constructed world is a phenomenon to watch''

Molly Longstaff, University Times ★★★★★

''We leave uplifted, Poirier and Keegan-Dolan having conveyed by the chemistry of music and movement and intangible, lingering, joyous energy.''

Alan O'Riordan, The Irish Examiner ★★★★★

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