Swan Lake / Loch na hEala (dance theatre)

In 2016 the eminent Irish director/choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan made contact with Danny to explore the possibility of creating a score for a new dance theatre work. Danny brought the project to his then-bandmates in the Irish/Nordic band Slow Moving Clouds, and they began development work on music for what would become Swan Lake / Loch na hEala. During the creation phase Danny worked full-time on-site in rural Longford, Ireland, co-ordinating creation of the score and acting as conduit between the dance company and the band.

Since its premiere at the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival, Danny has co-ordinated music for the piece, and performed in the touring company. The current live band is made up of Aki (nycleklarpa/vocals) and Mary Barnecutt (cello/vocals) alongside Danny on fiddle.

More on the show, from director Michael Keegan-Dolan: Rooted in a place where ancient Irish mythology and modern Ireland meet, Swan Lake / Loch na hEala is a Swan Lake for our time. Dance is interwoven with storytelling, song and live music performed by a company of 13 world-class performers. The Dublin based band Slow Moving Clouds has created a new score that combines Nordic and Irish traditional music with minimalist and experimental influences. A critically acclaimed debut for Michael Keegan-Dolan’s new company, Teaċ Daṁsa.

Swan Lake / Loch na hEala has toured the world including to Sadler’s Wells London, Stuttgart, Wellington, Sydney, Seoul, Toronto, Hong Kong and Moscow. It won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best production in 2017 and the 2018 UK National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography. In September 2019 Swan Lake / Loch na hEala was listed as Number 2 in The Guardian’s Best Dance of The 21st Century.

Danny Diamond & Aki in Swan Lake (photo by Marie-Laure Briane)
Michael Keegan-Dolan – Swan Lake/Loch na hEala – Trailer (Sadler’s Wells)