DanceInversion 2017: Teac Damsa (Ireland). Swan Lake

International Contemporary Dance Festival at the Theater of Nations Oct. 10 and 11.

Fri. Sep. 22 Wed. Oct. 11

In the reinvented Swan Lake by Michael Keegan’s Teac Damsa dance company, there is neither white tutus nor Tchaikovsky. This Swan Lake is set in the raw solitude of rural Ireland. The depressive prince is supposed to leave his house and wants to commit suicide, the priest has abused a girl, and refreshments at the grand ball consist of cans of lager. In Michael Keegan-Dolan’s grotesque dance theater, village satire becomes a horror story, fairytale characters are subject to the demands of social politics, and two broken figures find each other in a liberating, celebratory dance. To live music featuring fiddle, nyckelharpa, and modern electronics, the world of Irish legend collides with a disturbing reality. Read more

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