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Michael Keegan-Dolan / Teaċ Daṁsa MÁM

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Against a hazy, black curtained backdrop, a row of ten people in black suits sit in a line on wooden chairs

A gathering you won’t ever forget

Michael Keegan-Dolan’s Olivier Award-nominated MÁM returns to Sadler’s Wells Theatre following its acclaimed run in 2020.

Bringing together the virtuoso Irish traditional concertina player Cormac Begley, contemporary music collective s t a r g a z e, and 12 international dancers from the Teaċ Daṁsa company, MÁM is a meeting place between soloist and ensemble, the classical and the traditional, the local and universal.

MÁM, an Irish word meaning mountain pass, is a work of contrasts where local mythology takes centre stage embracing centuries of tradition and a rich musical heritage.  This timely production acknowledges how life’s polarities can on occasion come together and find resolution.

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

Image description: Against a hazy, black curtained backdrop, a row of ten people in black suits sit in a line on wooden chairs. The middle figure is holding a concertina and wearing a realistic mask that looks like a black ram with big, curled horns. The rest of the seated figures have their hands flat on their thighs and wear brown paper bags over their heads. In the foreground is a little girl in a white communion dress. She sits on the edge of a wooden kitchen table, eating a bag a crisps and looking straight ahead.

Header image © Richard Gilligan

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Léiríonn an t-ainm Teaċ Daṁsa aistear leanúnach Mhíchíl chun saothair rince agus drámaíochta a chruthú go bhfuil a n-áit dúchais – an áit as a dtagann siad – le brath go soiléir orthu.

(translation of the above quote)
The name Teaċ Daṁsa, “House of Dance,” reflects Michael’s ongoing journey to create dance and theatre work that clearly reflects the place from which it originates.

The dancers and players of MÁM embody every human emotion during their dazzling 90-minute marathon★★★★★ THE FINANCIAL TIMES

An evening of powerful dance★★★★★ REVIEWS HUB

MÁM is full of engrossing dancing, fantastic music, subtle meanings and real humanity. This is a choreographer on a roll★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

A dizzying gateway between modern dance and the ancient heartbeat of Ireland★★★★ THE SUNDAY EXPRESS


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