Of all the preformances to emerge from Ireland- In rock music theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.
20 years ago in May 1994 Riverdance was first performed as the interval
actin the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin before being developed into
a full length stage show.
With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show
broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in
the reaction was unprecedented, with the original 10 performances
being increased to 151 in subsequent months. There followed a hugely
successful tour to New York, Belfast and Cork. Since then, it has packed
theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa
and most recently South America.
Riverdance has up to three companies on the road at any one time. All of
the touring companies are named after Irish rivers and 2014 sees the
Liffey Company touring throughout Europe including a major return
tour throughout the UK, the Foyle Company perform in Dublin’s Gaiety
Theatre for the successive 11th year, while the Moy Company embarks
on a ground breaking 60 city tour of China.
With music and lyrics by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and
directed by John McColgan, Riverdance is the development of an original
idea by Moya Doherty, which was initially performed at the Eurovision
Song Contest held in Dublin in April 1994 as a seven-minute interval act.
It is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing
on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish
dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of
audiences across all ages and cultures.
Each of the companies consists of up to 55 cast and crew members,
with the remarkable Riverdance Irish Dance Troupe, the cream of Irish
musicians in the Riverdance Band and a spectacular array of talent from
Spain and America, performing to the magic of Bill Whelan’s music.
The wave of public enthusiasm is not only reflected by show attendances
but by massive commercial success as demonstrated in phenomenal sales
of the DVD, video and CD.
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