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Riverdance squee

Last night I went to see Riverdance live for the second time.

Absolutely fantastic. I don't think I stopped grinning all the way through the show, from the first haunting notes of Reel Around the Sun, right to the very end. And every single time I hear the opening notes of Riverdance itself I get a shiver of anticipation.

All the old favourites were still there - Thunderstorm, where there is no music, the tap shoes of the dancers provide the rhythm, and the big finale, and it's impossible to stop your own feet from tapping along with it.  

I do have a gripe about it - the venue was too small. Last time I saw it live was at Nottingham Ice Arena, with a stage that did it justice. This time was the Concert Hall (the same venue where I saw Lord of the Dance a few years ago), and the stage was simply too small for the size of the dance troupe. A couple of the large formations that should have been circles were actually more like ovals on the stage, and some of the long line fornations were a tad truncated or jinked at the ends. In fact, the dance troupe itself was smaller than the one that you see on the dvds, which they no doubt film at the big venue shows.

Having said that, it didn't make it any less enjoyable, and I kept randomly squeeing whenever my favourite dances started, much to the bemusement of the person sat next to me.

And now I've got the video on in the background because I don't want the music to stop!

 

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steamshovelmama From: steamshovelmama Date: March 19th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw Riverdance in Dublin three years ago. Fantastic stuff, even if we had got standing tickets and were squeezed in a tiny box with a couple who were disinclined to give the four of us any room..
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: March 19th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
That must have been a real experience, seeing it in Dublin.

I was worried that we wouldn't get decent seats because I left it a bit late to get the tickets, but it wasn't too bad. We were up on the second tier, so a bit far away from the stage, but we could look down on the stage and really see the formations well from above.
steamshovelmama From: steamshovelmama Date: March 19th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was a small theatre so it was all very intimate but there was definitely something special about seeing it in Dublin. It was the weekend before I had to attend a tribunal about whether I was going to be kicked out of my job and Mr S came home on the Friday night with tickets for Dublin. It made the weekend something rather special and seeing Riverdance just added to a great surprise.

Mind you, I think the kids liked the Dracula exhibition best...
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: March 19th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, I've seen Riverdance and Lord of the Dance on TV, but never live. I always get a shiver just watching it on screen, so it must be awesome to see it in the flesh, as it were!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: March 19th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome is definitely the word I would use. No matter how individually good the lead dancers are, there is something really special about seeing an entire stage full of people dancing in complete formation, all precisely in step with each other to the second. *That's* why I love Riverdance so much, because in many ways it's about the entire team rather than just the lead dancer, which Lord of the Dance could be accused of.

Edited at 2009-03-19 08:08 pm (UTC)
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: March 19th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds great! Remind me to do my Riverdance impersonation for you when I see you. It got me into trouble at work *bg*.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: March 19th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! When I told them at work that I was going to see it a couple of them started trying to do a dance in the office, until they remembered that the auditors were in the meeting room directly below!
lukadreaming From: lukadreaming Date: March 19th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Sporfles*

Me and one of the caretakers have worked out an, um, eye-catching routine!
verito295 From: verito295 Date: March 19th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very jelous right now, it's been eight years since I saw it live and it was awesome!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: March 19th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lord of the Dance is touring again this year, and I'm pondering whether to go to that again. I wasn't as impressed with Lord of the Dance as I was with Riverdance, though. I think when I saw Lord of the Dance, the 'bad guy' had more charisma and stage presence than the lead 'Lord of the Dance' himself!
reggietate From: reggietate Date: March 19th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oddly enough, a workmate of mine and her sister are off to see it tomorrow :-)Her bloke, who also works at our place, is going golfing with his mates instead.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: March 19th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's been going for what must be over fifteen years now, and it still gets sold out everywhere in the country. But I have to admit, there was a high proportin of females in the audience, I think. Maybe it's not so much a bloke thing.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: March 19th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eee! I am jealous. I like all kinds of dance :)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: March 19th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
it made me want to start going to Scottish country dancing classes again. Briefly.
fififolle From: fififolle Date: March 19th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL!
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