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Michael Keegan-Dolan


Irish choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan designed the choreography for David McVicar’s production of Faust, performed by The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. Keegan-Dolan has also choreographed The Rake’s Progress and Macbeth for The Royal Opera.

Born in Dublin and trained at Central School of Ballet, Keegan-Dolan is Artistic Director of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre. His productions for the company 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 are Artistic Associates of the Barbican.

In 2012 Keegan-Dolan and Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre collaborated with ENO on a new production of Handel’s Julius Caesar. Keegan-Dolan’s other opera choreography includes Ariodante, Manon and Alcina (ENO), Idomeneo (De Vlaamse Opera), The Queen of Spades (Bavarian State Opera) and L’Amour des trois oranges (Cologne). His theatre work includes Carousel, The Duchess of Malfi and The Oedipus Plays (National Theatre). Keegan-Dolan is married to choreographer and dancer Rachel Poirier, a member of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre. They live in Ireland with their children.