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Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival 2011

As part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival 2011 Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre and Sadler’s Wells, London in association with the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival Presents

Directed and Choreographed by Michael Keegan Dolan
Musical Direction by Liam Ó Maonlaí

World premiere – 6th Oct
Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
For FOUR performances only

“In the febrile creative mind of Michael Keegan Dolan, anything is possible”
The Times

Fabulous Beast Artistic Director, Michael Keegan-Dolan and Liam Ó Maonlaí, founding member of Hothouse Flowers, come together to create a new production that takes its title from Ó Maonlaí’s 2005 solo album Rian.
This production will feature live on stage performances from musicians Liam Ó Maonlaí, Cormac Begley, Martin Brunsden, Eithne Ní Chatháin and Maitiú Ó Casaide and dancers Anna Kaszuba, Saku Koistinen, Louise Mochia, Emmanuel Obeya, Keir Patrick, Ino Riga and Louise Tanoto.

Three times Olivier Award-nominated choreographer Keegan-Dolan creates a production with Ó Maonlaí in which the musicians and dancers share the stage equally. Renowned musician Ó Maonlaí combines material from his album Rian with the music of influential Irish composer Seán Ó Riada, who has been a primary influence on Ó Maonlaí’s work.
Rian sees seven dancers from around the world and six of Ireland’s top musicians unite with Ó Maonlaí and Keegan-Dolan to create an expressive cultural hybrid. Rian taps into healthy life enhancing traditions with influences from faraway places to evoke a timeless vision of the real indescribable nature of things.

Liam Ó Maonlaí is best known as a founding member of Hothouse Flowers who formed in 1985 and have been producing music consistently ever since, playing Glastonbury Festival this year (2011). More recently Liam has been working on solo projects, his debut solo album Rian was released in 2005 and mixes Irish music with music from all over the world. In July 2011 Ó Maonlaí received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fiddler’s Green International Festival.

Fabulous Beast is led by director and choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. Known for their unique style which blends narrative and physical theatre, dance, speech and song, Fabulous Beast has received great critical acclaim for several ground-breaking and controversial productions including Giselle and The Bull, both of which have been nominated for Oliver Awards.

The company’s most recent work includes a critically acclaimed new staging of Stravinsky’s masterpiece The Rite of Spring, a Fabulous Beast co-production with English National Opera, which played at the London Coliseum in November 2009 and was also nominated for an Olivier Award.

Lighting Design by Adam Silverman
Set Design by Sabine D’Argent
Costume Design by Doey Lüthi
Assistant Musical Direction by Phillip Feeney
Sound Designed by Denis Clohessy

The Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival features the best of Irish and international theatre as well special events, discussion panels and in development showcase. The 2011 Festival will run from 29th Sept - 16th Oct and 28 productions in 25 venues.  Full details
TALKING THEATRE  Michael Keegan Dolan and Liam Ó Maonlaí in conversation. Oct 7, Post-show 8.50pm (approx).
Rian is proudly supported by DAA
Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival receives financial assistance from the Arts Council.  Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of its Title Sponsor. Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival is proudly supported by Principal Sponsors Dublin Airport Authority, The Doyle Collection and The Irish Times.

Priority booking for Friends of the Festival open now (contact 01 677 8439)
Public booking opens 9.30am 16th August
t: 01 677 8899

a:  44 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
(booking fees may apply)

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