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Michael Keegan-Dolan

November 12 – November 27, 2023
Performance: November 17, 2023

2023-24 Senior Fellow, Fairfield University College of Arts and Sciences

Teaċ Daṁsa was founded by Michael Keegan-Dolan (Micháel MacAodhagáin-Ó Dobhailen) in 2016. Its first production, Swan Lake / Loch na hEala, continued a tradition of ground-breaking productions, winning the Irish Times Theatre Award in 2017 for best new production and the U.K. Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for best production in 2018. MáM, created in 2019, was the first show entirely conceived, rehearsed, and produced in the West Kerry Gaeltacht. It was nominated for an Olivier Award for best new production in 2020 and two U.K. Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards in 2022. As a senior fellow, Michael Keegan-Dolan and members of the company will be in residence to stage MáM, as well as work with faculty through the Humanities Institute and Irish Studies program to develop new work.

Michael Keegan-Dolan rose to acclaim as the artistic director of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre (1997-2015), creating three Olivier Award-nominated productions, including Giselle (2004), which won an Irish Times Theatre Award. His work, The Bull, received a U.K. Critic’s Circle National Dance Award in 2008, and Rian (2011) won a Bessie Award (New York Dance). He also has extensive experience teaching and has led workshops for different dance and theatre companies around the world. Keegan-Dolan was an associate artist at the Barbican Centre, London, and is now an associate at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

His productions always bring you somewhere unexpected, and it’s quite a ride.

The Irish Times

This program is made possible through the support of Deborah Murtaugh, Louise Levin, the Humanities Institute, and the Irish Studies Program.