Last night was a lovely experience.
Not just because I had an opportunity to leave the house, sans family members, and meet up with … oh, this sounds contradictory … a family member. One of my many sisters-in-law.
There are a lot of them.
And I really, really needed a night away from the usual.
So, when offered a couple of tickets to go see Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance – Dangerous Games, well, I probably would have said yes anyway, but I am a massive sucker for Irish Dancing so there was NO WAY I was gonna miss this.
Riverdance, which I saw about a hundred years ago, intrigued me no end. I even bought the CD and have been known to spontaneously perform small jigs in public; albeit I have zero training in Irish dancing and probably look like I am trying to exscape a spider. I don’t care. I love the music, I love the dance, I am captivated by all of it, and it is one of the few things that can stop my brain from going overtime.
My favourite bit is the clickety cloppy shoe things they wear during some of the dances. Which is interesting as I am most definitely not a fan of – i.e. I rather dislike – tap dancing. Weird. But shut up. I know it doesn’t make sense.
Anyhoo, whether a result of my Irish heritage or what, I have no idea. So my SIL and I went along last night and were treated to a somewhat spectacular show.
Visually appealing from a load of angles; the dancing, the very sparkly, sequin-y constumes and, OMG, the shoes on the fiddlers!, the effects on the screen in the background, the dancing, the incredible, mindblowing dancing.
It was ace!
It is a classic tale of good versus evil, a story from Irish Folklore, including a “passionate love story expressed through dance”.
Although a little dark in places, I reckon it’s suitable for anyone to go and see. Given that it contained, amongst other things, Dream Spirits, fairies, dancing robots, evil overlords, some buff men jigging about with no tops on, incredible dancing, amazing dance offs, a bit of a hip hop/Irish dance combo (that was freaking awesome!), incredible effects, freaking awesome dancing, and lots of sequins, it is suitable for family entertainment.
If comparing it to Riverdance (which I tend to do, sorry) I found it a little ‘showy’. Once I got over myself and just took it for what it was, well I did end up mesmerised by the dancing. I tend to do an awful lot of foot-watching at these sorts of things because … well, I have no words for it. What they can do is just … phenomenal.
I love it!
Anyhoo, it’s on in Melbourne, at the Arts Centre, until October 4 and you can still see it Canberra, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney until October 25.
For more info check out the website, www.lordofthedance.com – if you do manage to go along, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Please note: I was not paid to write this review, nor have I received, nor will I receive any monetary or vodkary compensationfor doing so. In fact, I wasn’t even under any obligation to write anything. I was gifted tickets to go along and see the show, and write about it if I chose to do so. And I did. Cos it was ace!
Also: there is a good chance I may break out into some jigging, with no encouragement and possibly against all good advice. I don’t care and you have been warned.