Irish dancing’s answer to Russian ballet; Riverdance has taken the world by storm since its introduction to the world during the 1994 Eurovision song contest. Originally an interval act for the European song competition, the dance performance attracted so much attention it was adapted for the stage into an entire show.
DublinTown.ie were delighted to be treated to tickets for the performance in the Gaiety Theatre last week. One, two, three’s and hops and skips aplenty, the show follows a tale of Irish folklore bringing Irish culture and history alive through music, dance, song and narrative. The dancers are incredibly talented with feet moving so fast it’s hard to follow the steps!
Dance scenes represent different powers like thunder, the sun, fire and harvest as well as exploring historical Irish themes of famine, emigration and togetherness. A moving soundtrack accompanies the show as haunting voices perform songs by candle light and musicians (drummers, violinists and pipers) take centre stage. The fiddle player clearly enjoys his job as he grins throughout his stage time!
Riverdance amalgamates tap, flamenco and Irish dance. Tap dancers bring an element of cheekiness and audience interaction, while the talent of the flamenco dancer portrays raw passion. Cast numbers may have reduced since the inaugural performance, but the impact certainly hasn’t. The fancy footwork displays leave you walking away wishing you’d kept up the classes your mammy made you go to when you were six years old!