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Michael Keegan-Dolan

Choreographer

Biography

Irish choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan made his Royal Opera debut in 2002 on?Macbeth, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. He has since returned to work on Faust, directed by David McVicar, and The Rake’s Progress, directed by Robert Lepage.

Keegan-Dolan was born in Dublin and trained at Central School of Ballet. He was Artistic and Executive Director of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre (1991–2014), formed Teac Damsa in 2016 and is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells. His productions for Fabulous Beast included The Flowerbed (2000), Giselle (2003), The Bull (2005), James Son of James (2007), The Rite of Spring (2009, a co-production with English National Opera), Rian (2011), Helen + Hell (2012) and Petrushka (2013). Giselle, The Bull and The Rite of Spring were nominated for Olivier Awards and Keegan-Dolan won the 2008 UK Critics’ Circle Award for Best Modern Choreography for The Bull. Productions for Teac Damsa include Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, which won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production, 2017, and also the prize for Best Modern Choreography at the National Dance Awards.

Keegan-Dolan’s opera choreography includes Julius Caesar (with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre), Ariodante, Manon and Alcina for English National Opera, Idomeneo for Opera Vlaanderen, The Queen of Spades for Bavarian State Opera and L’Amour des trois oranges in Cologne. His theatre work includes Carousel, The Duchess of Malfi and The Oedipus Plays for the National Theatre.