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Michael Keegan-Dolan returns to Sadler's Wells with MÁM

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING the critically acclaimed Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Michael Keegan-Dolan is returning to Sadler’s Wells with a new production, MÁM, from Wednesday, February 5 to Friday, February 7, 2020.

MÁM is a co-production with Sadler’s Wells.

The Irish-language word mám describes the pass that connects two sides of a mountain and is the inspiration for his new work. Bringing together the Irish concertina player Cormac Begley, the music collective s t a r g a z e and 12 dancers from around the world, MÁM is a meeting place between soloist and ensemble, classical and traditional, the local and universal.

Following its sold out and critically acclaimed run at the Dublin Theatre Festival from September 25 to October 5, MÁM will make its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells.

As well as being an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells, Michael Keegan-Dolan is the Founder and Artistic Director of Teaċ Daṁsa, which was formed as a means to forge deeper connections with the traditions, language and the music of Ireland.

Swan Lake/Loch na hEala was the first production made by Teaċ Daṁsa and won the Irish Times Theatre Award 2017 for Best New Production and the UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Production 2018. MÁM is Keegan-Dolan’s second production for Teaċ Daṁsa and will tour internationally in 2020.

In addition to Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, other previous collaborations with Sadler’s Wells include Rian, The Rite of Spring and Petrushka. In 2015-6, Keegan-Dolan was Guest Artistic Director of the National Youth Dance Company, the country’s flagship organisation for young dancers which is run by Sadler’s Wells. His previous choreography credits for Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre productions include Giselle, The Rite of Spring and The Bull which were all nominated for Olivier Awards – the latter winning the UK Critics’ Circle Award for Best Modern Choreography.

MÁM is co-produced by Teaċ Daṁsa, Dublin Theatre Festival; Sadler’s Wells London and New Zealand Festival of the Arts, with support from Nomad and NASC touring network. This production is funded by an Arts Council Open Call Award. International touring is supported by Culture Ireland.

Tickets: £15 – £50. To book, call the ticket office on 020 7863 8000 or visit

Also at Sadler’s Wells: Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes (December 3, 2019 to January 19, 2020).