Longford choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan has won the Best Production Award with 'Swan Lake/Loch na hEala' at the Irish Times Theatre Awards. The production also won Best Costume.
Michael's interpretation of the famous 'Swan Lake' ballet is not only adapted to modern life, but based in rural, corrupt Ireland.
The adaptation of Tchaikovsky's ballet features Prince Siegried, represented by a depressed Longford man living with his mother; the Queen is represented by a wheelchair-bound old lady trying to get a new house from the local county councillor; and the sorcerer is represented in the character of an abusive priest.
The production is based on 'Swan Lake', but takes a look at mental illness, social isolation, weird politicians and corruption in the catholic church, instead of sticking to the fairy tale romance of the original Tchaikovsky dance.