His multi-award-winning Swan Lake/Loch na hEala stunned Sadler’s Wells audiences last year, loosely setting the original among the outcasts of rural Ireland. It was imaginative, powerful, haunting and profoundly theatrical.
Now Keegan-Dolan returns to the north London dance house with a new work, MÁM, his second for his own company, Teaċ Daṁsa, which he founded to forge deeper connections with the traditions, language and music of the Republic of Ireland.
The word ‘mám’ means, among other things, mountain pass, and that’s the image from which this work springs.
MÁM is performed by 12 dancers from around the world, to music played live by the Berlin collective Stargaze with the Irish concertina player Cormac Begley. The set-up is that of a traditional dance, with the musicians on a raised platform and the dancers below; a set-up which, predictably, Keegan-Dolan soon blows apart.
The choreography is frenzied, and all seems to revolve around a young girl in a communion dress, the interaction between groups and individual central to the work’s concept.
MÁM premiered at last autumn’s Dublin Theatre Festival to universal acclaim. The Stage described its feel as ‘like a dance party for the end of the world, one massive discharge of energy in the face of ruin’, before concluding: ‘MÁM possesses the energy of an ancient rite, the type designed to conjure memories, emotions and spirits from the earth.’
The Irish Times ended its four-star review with ‘MÁM is a stirring, sensuous showcase of the emotional power of the physical form.’
The ArtsReview went further, awarding MÁM five stars, and concluding: ‘A heavenly, glorious, wildly whirling dervish, “MÁM" is not to be missed under any circumstance.’
|What||MÁM, Michael Keegan-Dolan/Teac Damsa, Sadler’s Wells|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
05 Feb 20 – 07 Feb 20, 19:30 Dur.: TBC
|Price||£15-£50 (+ booking fee)|
|Website||Click here to book|