“It’s a show of terrible beauty and
extraordinary craft” The Guardian ★★★★★
“Swan Lake is raw, raucous, redemptive,
majestic, vital and empowering.” Irish Times ★★★★★
No white ballet tutus, no
princesses or princes, not even Tchaikovsky. Yet, here comes a <Swan
Lake> filled with greater reverberation than the original score,
characterized by its stunning imagery and exceptional mis-en-scène. Michael
Keegan-Dolan’s <Swan Lake> has garnered rave reviews from not only
England but all over the world, marking a sell-out success on all of its tours.
Michael Keegan-Dolan, Ireland’s leading choreographer and director, has created
this modern and innovative dance theater piece together with 13 multifaceted
artists, including the famous star Mikel Murfi, actors, dancers, and a band.
The work set in modern Ireland is brilliantly interwoven with drama, dance, and
In this adaptation of
<Swan Lake>, the protagonist is no longer Prince Siegfried saving the
bewitched princess, but Jimmy, a depressing unemployed 36-year-old. The role of
the devil Rothbart is taken by a village priest with dissociated personalities,
who turns the village girls into swans. The live music played by Slow Moving
Clouds, a band combining Nordic and Irish music, replaces Tchaikovsky’s score
with a beautiful and enchanting Irish melody. Keegan-Dolan creates a world
laden with mental illness, social isolation, cunning politicians and corrupt
clerics, pounding the hearts of the audience with a reality ever more harsh and
vivid than the fairy-talelike original. However, despite the grim reality of
the modern world, the magic of the original work remains intact or even
Poetic, yet flowing with
primal beauty and humor, criticism and metaphor on today’s society, and refined
mis-en-scène, <Swan Lake> creates a perfect balance between astonishing
visual/aural experience, poignant satire, and contemporaneity derived from the
clear-cut story. It is a work of breathtaking beauty.
Co-production by Michael Keegan-Dolan; Sadler’s Wells Theatre London; Colours International Dance Festival, Theaterhaus Stuttgart; Dublin Theatre Festival; Theatre de la Ville, Luxembourg. With support from The Civic Theatre, Tallaght, and South Dublin County Council Arts Office.