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Riverdance - The Wang Center

By: Kellie K. Speed

Riverdance - Click to Enlarge Riverdance, the international phenomenon is coming back to Boston Tuesday, June 4 through Sunday, June 23, 2002. Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance is the most exhilarating performance.

The show celebrates Irish music, song and dance and what better place to celebrate this performance than Boston where it is often said, “there are more Irish people here than in Ireland itself!”

Focusing on the evolution of Irish dance, the performance combines music and dance. When it originally began, Riverdance was conceived as a seven-minute intermission entertainment for the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. Since then, it has exploded into a worldwide phenomenon with more than 12 million fans to date. Today, there are two companies of Riverdance – The Show touring the world. When it was in New York, the Broadway production ran for 18 months at the Gershwin Theater.

Don’t expect Michael Flatley at this performance though. He has since left the original production to form “Lord of the Dance.”

From whistles to bodhrans, Irish fiddles and the pounding feet of the dancers, the performance is guaranteed to take your breath away. The music alone makes you want to jump up on stage and join the dancers, who make it all look so easy. The energy of the dancing is fantastic and the sight of so many bodies kicking, twirling, jigging and stomping in unison is really something to see.

In a world where overnight sensations rarely last, Riverdance has accomplished the unthinkable. It surpassed everyone’s dreams of being a small-town intermission act to emerging into a worldwide sensation.

Riverdance has remained true to its roots. Because traditional dancing is an expression of oneness, the moves and rhythms are passed down from one generation to another. Riverdance has taken this belief and demonstrates how the culture has evolved over the years. The performance centers on the belief that tradition can only be preserved by letting it live, breathe and change.

Tickets range from $28.50 to $68.50. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 800-447-7400.

The Wang Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Phone: 617-482-9393 or 800-447-7400

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Kellie Speed - Click to enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

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