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Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Ended 3 Jan 2016 after 2 days
"The sort of spectacle and experience that comes along once in a lifetime."
20 years after Riverdance first took the world's breath away with its explosive combination of traditional Irish music and dance, Michael Flatley's fine footwork continues to evolve, captivating audiences from East to West as its fan base grows steadily. This remarkable progression now culminates in a 20th Anniversary World Tour, heralding the company's triumphant return to the world stage.
Created and choreographed by the Lord of The Dance himself, the show had a humble beginning as a 7-minute long interval filler at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. The interlude earned a standing ovation; all it took was this little spark and the show was developed into a fully-fledged production. Initially featuring Irish dancing champions Flatley and Jean Butler as its principle dancers, the show is now a training ground for Ireland's top dancers as well as the rising stars of Flamenco, Russian and Tap Dancing.
A celebration of Ireland's cultural heritage, history and mythology, the production revolves around the intricate footwork of traditional Irish dance set to the haunting melodies and rousing rhythms of the nation's musical identity. The awe-inspiring skill of the dancers and the thunderous, pulsing beat of their hard shoes against the stage floor is simply captivating, whilst the musicians positioned on stage play their own principal role - their music is spirited, joyful and not banished to the confines of the orchestra pit. When the two meet, the ceilidh-like on-stage energy is palpable and infectious. Moving as swiftly as its dancers, Riverdance's choreography ranges from an Irish Jig to Jazz tap to Spanish dancing. It's this embrace of other cultures and styles that makes the show as relevant and exciting as ever.
Opening night: 1 January 2016
Closing night: 3 January 2016
Two hours and 10 minutes including one intermission
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