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Riverdance Offers Up Riveting, Can’t-Look-Away Magic

Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour plays DPAC on June 7-17 (photo by Jack Hartin)

Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour plays DPAC on June 7-12 (photo by Jack Hartin)

Riverdance, which features beautiful, traditional Irish dance and music, is onstage now at DPAC in Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour, and it’s truly spectacular. Filled with intricate dancing, spectacular lighting touches that really bring each dance to life, and a high-energy, heart-pumping feel, this is a fun, can’t-look-away dance production for longtime fans of Irish dance, as well as newcomers to the art.

This production, composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Mora Doherty, and under the direction of John McColgan, marks the first time Riverdance has been seen in North America in four years, and judging by the fresh new features, the break has done the show some good. Those who have seen the production in the past will notice new projections, fabulous new costumes, and even a new cast member.

Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour plays DPAC on June 7-17 (photo by Jack Hartin)

Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour plays DPAC on June 7-12 (photo by Jack Hartin)

In spite of these fresh touches, the 20th Anniversary World Tour still relies on the strength of its dancers, rather than on gimmicks, to impress onstage. And that- the skill and precision of these gifted dancers- is what Riverdance has always been about, and this production is no exception. Each dancer is flawless in this performance, moving effortlessly and almost magically, providing a real thrill for the viewer. Dancer Julia Gats is particularly effective and eye-catching, though each dancer onstage shines and executes the moves flawlessly.

The performance is fast-paced and ends all too quickly, but every minute the dancers are onstage proves truly mesmerizing. Children of all ages and adults should enjoy this performance and will feel sad when it ends. It truly is the kind of production you don’t want to take your eyes off of until you absolutely have to, which explains quite well why, after so many years, Riverdance is still so beloved by so many.

<em>Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour</em> plays DPAC on June 7-12 (photo by Jack Hartin)

Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour plays DPAC on June 7-12 (photo by Jack Hartin)

The Durham Performing Arts Center presents RIVERDANCE: THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR at 7:30 p.m. June 9, 8 p.m. June 10, 2 and 8 p.m. June 11, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. June 12 at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701, in the American Tobacco Historic District.

TICKETS: $25 and up. Click here for DPAC Special Offers.

BOX OFFICE:

DPAC Box Office: 919-680-ARTS (2787), tickets@DPACnc.com, or http://www.DPACnc.com/events-tickets/where-to-buy.

Ticketmaster: 800-982-2787 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115558/778497.

GROUP RATES (15+ tickets): 919/281-0587, Groups@DPACnc.com, or http://www.DPACnc.com/events-tickets/group-services.

SHOW: http://www.DPACnc.com/events/detail/riverdance-season-add-on and https://www.facebook.com/events/1457019901274318/.

VIDEO PREVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialRiverdance.

THE TOUR: http://riverdance.com/tours/usa/.

TOUR CASTS: http://riverdance.com/the-show/cast/.

CREATIVE TEAM: http://riverdance.com/the-show/creatives/.

DPAC NEWS RELEASE: http://www.DPACnc.com/news/detail/riverdance-comes-to-DPAC-june-7-12-2016.

PRESENTER/VENUE: http://www.DPACnc.com/, https://www.facebook.com/DPACNC, https://twitter.com/DPAC, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durham_Performing_Arts_Center.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.DPACnc.com/plan-your-visit/directions.

PARKING: http://www.DPACnc.com/plan-your-visit/parking.

OTHER LINKS:

Riverdance (1995 “celebration of Irish dance, music and culture”): http://riverdance.com/ (official website), https://www.ibdb.com/Show/View/7545 (Internet Broadway Database), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0136491/ (Internet Movie Database), https://www.facebook.com/Riverdance (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/Riverdance (Twitter page), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riverdance (Wikipedia), and https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialRiverdance (YouTube Channel).

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Susie Potter is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer and editor. She is a 2009 graduate of Raleigh’s Meredith College, where she majored in English. She holds graduate degrees in teaching and American literature from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In addition to her work for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, she is an award-winning author of short fiction. Her works have appeared in The Colton Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Broken Plate Magazine, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, the Chaffey Review, and Existere. To read all of Susie Potter’s Triangle Arts and Entertainment articles and reviews, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/author/susie-q/. To read more of her writings, click http://www.susiepotter.com and http://www.myspace.com/susiepotter.

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1 Response

  1. I saw the show in Toronto. FABULOUS. A must see.

    Bill Whelan’s music is beyond words as is the choreography. Go see it. Definitely a bucket list must.