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When the East met Irish Dancing: Riverdancing on the Great Wall of China

Recent tourists to the Great Wall of China must have been amazed to see a long line of girls and boys dressed in glittering Broadway costumes performing extracts from Riverdance along this ancient wall.

The Liffey Company, led by Joanne Doyle and Conor Hayes, performed under a dazzling blue sky to an appreciative, if perhaps bemused audience!

Conor and Joanne lead the troupe in Riverdance.

Tourists to the wall could see the performance from far and wide – it was hard to miss!

The company were probably wishing they had sunglasses as part of their costumes.

Declan Masterson played a haunting tune on the tin whistle as part of the event.

One comment
Nollaig O’Maoilriain
January 31, 2018

Fantastic, respectful performance of symbolic traditional Irish culture on the great symbol of China. Treise libh/well done. Reminiscent of the breakthrough Chieftains In China concert 1983 when they became the first foreign group to perform on the Great Wall, mixed it with traditional Chinese performers in concert and wowed the appreciative Chinese audience. Cultural Diplomacy at its best!

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