When Irish myth and 'Swan Lake' collide

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The Sydney Opera House is presenting a new take on an old classic when it presents Swan Lake/Loch na hEala for a short season starting on August 30.

Straddling theatre, movement and live music, Swan Lake/Loch na hEala is a bold reimagining of one of ballet’s most popular stories by acclaimed choreographer, director and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Michael Keegan-Dolan.

Keegan-Dolan’s Swan Lake/Loch na hEala transports audiences to the heart of the Irish Midlands, where ancient mythology and the modern world collide, and the Irish legend of the Children of Lir melds with this classic tale.

The story, rich in mystery and folklore, is elevated by a hauntingly beautiful soundscape by Dublin-based trio Slow Moving Clouds.

Australian audiences will be familiar with Keegan-Dolan’s productions of Giselle (Sydney Festival 2010) and Rian (Sydney Festival 2013), ground-breaking works that infused well-known stories with an explosively contemporary energy.
Keegan-Dolan’s company, recently transformed as Teaċ Daṁsa, brings 13 world-renowned performers – including actor Mikel Murfi (The Walworth Farce, Sydney, 2010), and Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, founder of Australian Dance Theatre – to the Drama Theatre stage for a raw, cathartic and joyful experience.

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

30 August - 2 September 2017

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