Riverdance tour, Gaiety Theatre
RIVERDANCE 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
23RD JUNE 2014 – 26TH AUGUST 2014
Price: From €20.00 < €55
ADDRESS: Gaiety Theatre, South King Street, Dublin 2
CONTACT: 0818 719388
Of all the performances 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 act in 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.