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In Pictures: Great turnout as renowned dance musical comes to Laois

NASC and NOMAD Touring Networks presented MÁM at Portarlington Community Centre recently.

The Portarlington production of MÁM was a collaboration between Dunamaise Arts Centre Portlaoise and Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge.

MÁM is a meeting place between soloist and ensemble, classical and traditional, the local and universal.​

It brings together the virtuoso, Irish traditional concertina player Cormac Begley, the European classical, contemporary collective, s t a r g a z e, a young girl and twelve international dancers from the Teaċ Daṁsa company.

Michael Keegan-Dolan and Teaċ Daṁsa have created another mythic yet timely production that acknowledges how life’s opposing tensions and contradictions can on occasion come together and find resolution.

The show was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production in 2020 and was nominated for two UK National Dance Awards in 2021.

MÁM follows on from the success in 2016 of Loch na hEala—his acclaimed reimagining of Swan Lake.

Teaċ Daṁsa’s distinct approach to creating MÁM has been documented by film-maker Pat Collins in his film The Dance (2021).

There was a big crowd in Portarlington for the show at the end of October.

Check out some great pictures from photographer Michael Scully below:

Claire, Laura and Nicola Kealy 
Snizhana Rauth and Oksana Kachurets
Ellen and Pauline Carey
Laura O’Callaghan, Helen Whiteley and Laura Dunne 
Dr. Cathal Berry, Michelle de Forge and Laura O’Callaghan
Dermot McGurrell, Mary and Alan Dunne and Catherine Bambrick
Tom, Stephen and Eamon Hudson 
David Delaney and Maria Corcoran 
James Nolan, Seamus MacGearailt, Margaret Nolan, Liam O’Maonlai and Michelle de Forge 
Brian O’Farrell and Joanne Fitzgerald
Nollaig, Fiachra and Gus Byrne and Martin Henry Byrne
Fiona McEvoy and Pat Commins
Roberta and Mary Connolly and Freda Hennessy
Leah Costigan and Pertra Oorthuijs

Jasper Arran and Valerie Yela

Keziah Keenan O’Shea and Morghan Welt 
Jackie McElhinney and Geraldine Mac Cann 
Eimear, Stuart, Senan, Nicola and Roisin O’Reilly, 

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.