Giselle

Taut, fraught, and packed with claustrophobic tensions, Michael Keegan-Dolan’s reworking… is about as far from its nineteenth-century classical progenitor as it is possible to get… the choreography is… visionary.

Allen Robertson, Time Out Full Text

Unique even by the standards of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre… spectacular new show… harrowing stuff.

Brian Lavery, Irish Independent Full Text

A grim and grotesque piece of dance theatre with a disturbing contemporary resonance… fluently blends speech, movement and song in the cause of storytelling… funny, sexy, sad… the ending is a knockout… a heartbreaking reminder that Giselle’s tragedy is for all time.

Debra Craine, The Times ★★★★ Full Text

No pretty peasants on pointes and no pictursque rural cottages… [but] this is not one of those shallow revisitations aimed solely at shocking traditionalist old fogeys… [it] is an abrasive satire on moral and social beliefs in rural Ireland… the strong lines and images throughout add to the dramatic tension of the whole… intentionally grotesque and dark… At the end of the performance… a totally unexpected range of emotions overcomes the viewers, prompting a well-deserved ovation for the uniquely multi-talented artists of Fabulous Beast.

Giannandrea Poesio, The Spectator Full Text

A stimulating and powerfully intelligent [experience]… a heartwrenching visual poetry.

Ismene Brown, The Daily Telegraph Full Text

Brave, even brilliant performances… savage, comic and occasionally scabrous material… confirms Keegan-Dolan as a choreographer of impressive range.

Judith Mackrell, The Guardian ★★★★ Full Text

Fast, furious and foul-mouthed… terrific… inspired.

Keith Watson, Metro ★★★★ Full Text

Bold, characterful and extremely absorbing… Keegan-Dolan’s deployment of his performers is superb and the stage pictures he creates can be very powerful… [he] negotiates tragi-comic extremes with aplomb… sublime.

Louise Levene, Sunday Telegraph Full Text

The most physical of physical theatre… performed with flair… [the director] would surely argue that he is using the violence that erodes our innocence to emphasise its passing… but sensitive souls will find the going rough.

Sarah Frater, London Evening Standard Full Text

Exhilarating and a marvellous testament to the potential of dance theatre… the trick is to move from muscular hilarity and crudity to lyrical tenderness and keep the coherence… beautifully wrought and staged… his storytelling in movement and visual image is so powerful and imaginative.

Seona MacReamoinn, The Sunday Tribune Full Text

Brazenly and triumphantly new… A work of narrative originality and technical achievement that challenges and extends the definitions of all the words with which it is necessary to describe it: “Irish”, “dance” and “theatre”… The cast speak in a mixture of global accents, a gesture that opens up the piece’s commentary to cultures beyond Ireland… All builds towards the final glorious dance… The closing image… is impossibly beautiful.

Karen Fricker, The Guardian ★★★★★ Full Text