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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 The Royal Opera 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 is founder and Artistic Director of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and an Associate Artist of Sadler's Wells. His productions for Fabulous Beast include 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. Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre is an Artistic Associate of the Barbican.

Keegan-Dolan’s opera choreography includes Julius Caesar (with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre), Ariodante, Manon and Alcina for English National Opera, Idomeneo for De Vlaamse Opera, 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.