Anna Livia

Anna Livia

The river flows full circle from sea to sky to mountain and back home. Collecting, gathering, arriving enriched, fulfilled, ready to start its journey once more.
Original choreography: John Carey Additional text adapted from Finnegans Wake by James Joyce, Bill Whelan

For the first time in nearly 14 years, a new number has been created for the show. This number, called Anna Livia (after James Joyce’s personification of Dublin’s River Liffey) is an  A Cappella number for the female Irish dancers with rhythms and additional text by Bill Whelan and choreography by John Carey. The number opens with a verse from Finnegans Wake set to music by Bill Whelan and is a tribute to the river that flows through the city where Riverdance was born and of course originally gave  the name for the show! Anna Livia is also a tribute to the strength and grace of the female Irish dancers led by the female principal dancer.

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