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Coming back for more…South Africa
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September 29, 2011on

Coming back for more…

by Leon van Nierop, Artslink.co.za – Artslink – 29 Sep 2011
Teatro Montecasino, Johannesburg, SA.

Reviewing Riverdance is like going to a beloved restaurant, gobbling down your favourite dish of the past seven years and being asked to write a review.

There is basically nothing new to say, except that it provides all the elements that make you return for more.

This spectacular entertainment is for the masses and has been specifically designed to astound, entertain, sweep up and enthral. It is the kind of show you go to when you are depressed or can’t look at the newspaper headlines anymore (or listen to one o’clock news bulletins!) and simply want to be engulfed in a world of music, song, dance and mysticism.

As in their previous performances, the Irish Dance Troupe performs like clockwork and with absolute military precision. Judging from the audience reaction on opening night, audience members literally jump out of their seats and start giving standing ovations even before the final curtain call. They are totally swept off their feet. “Now this is what I call value for money!” belted out one audience member while standing up to cheer.

There is nothing in the show you haven’t experienced before, meaning that the reason audiences flock to Riverdance is because they know exactly what to expect and they get that in abundance.

Having said that: special mention must be made of those two amazing tap dancers, Kelly Isaac and Michael E Wood, also two skilful singers who enthralled the audience with their inspiring dancing and singing.
I also found Eamonn Galldubh a particular highlight with his first-class performance on the Uilleann pipes and tin whistle, while Patrick Mangan is a master violin player. For me he alone is worth the price of an admission ticket.

The Irish music is also one of the main attractions of the show – not only blending in perfectly with the astounding dancing sequences, but providing some variety (and breathing space) between the dancing.

If you have seen them before, you will know exactly what to expect from the Riverdance Troupe. If this is your first time, you will come back for more.

Riverdance at the Teatro Montecasino, Johannesburg, SA.
Tuesday, 27 September to Sunday, 16 October 2011

7 comments
sunny
September 30, 2011

are you coming to san francisco

Heather Lewis
October 2, 2011

I’m so glad to hear Riverdance is back on tour! I’m looking forward to seeing the show for the 5th time!

Best wishes to the cast and crew!

AUTHOR
Riverdance
October 3, 2011

We have no plans to visit San Francisco this Fall, but we do hope to visit again soon. Keep an eye on the Tours and Tickets section of the website for updates.

JUDITH JONES
October 3, 2011

are there any performances at your centre in Killarney round May/June /July 2012?

AUTHOR
Riverdance
October 4, 2011

Hi there, there are no dates confirmed yet. We will have more information in the new year. Keep an eye on the Tours & Tickets section of our website for updates.

Jipeng Ma
October 6, 2011

Is Riverdance going to China again the next year? Looking forward to it sooooooo much!

AUTHOR
Riverdance
October 7, 2011

No plans to visit China in 2011 or 2012, but keep an eye on the Tours and Tickets page for regular tour updates

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