Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Riverdance Live!

Has it really been two years since I posted all those pictures of Q-ster staging his own toddler version of Riverdance, complete with leaps and genuflections?

We still watch the DVDs from time to time, and we compare the version from original PBS special to the Radio City Music Hall edition (our favorite) to the latest Geneva video (which has the best costumes). He agrees that Colin Dunne is “the best” and loves the Russian number the most.

I saw that the production was coming to town, and we absolutely had to take the little dude. He was in heaven.

SwingDaddy and I have seen Riverdance twice before, once in the Bay Area, and again for the Homecoming Tour in Dublin, which was spectacular. After fifteen years of global touring, the music is still fresh and amazing.

The production has grown into a bit of a machine, with credits given to “Riverdance Soloist” and “Riverdance Singers” rather than promoting individuals, but that isn’t uncommon among shows that have outgrown the early star personas. It’s always tough to see a leading man have to perform Michael Flatley’s choreography, which is clearly very personal movement that can be ill-suited to another dancer’s style, but today’s lead did a fair job and was technically excellent.

Like Q-ster, I will always love Colin Dunne best (Radio City DVD), with his effortless, masculine assurance (and endless world championships) and adore Jean Butler’s grace and precision. She "has hops,” as SwingDaddy puts it, floating in her leaps.

As for today, I liked seeing how some repetitive rough edges that we saw seven years ago in Ireland have been smoothed away from the show, and all the costumes have been upgraded in color and style. The troupe also did a masterful performance on a tiny stage. I can’t think of another dance production in the last half century that has had this kind of well deserved impact and success.

All in all, we had a wonderful afternoon of dance and music, especially since it was Q-ster’s first big theater show.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That sounds like lots of fun! My 4-year-old is a huge fan of big theatrical shows, and wants to be a dancer when she grows up. I think it's so much fun to watch it all through their eyes.