Following the highly-successful and critically acclaimed sell-out Australian and World tour 2007 , Ireland's most celebrated and elite company of dancers and musicians, THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND, return with their awe-inspiring and innovative production to Australia.
THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND are the sound and spirit of the Emerald Isle. It is an exhilarating show of perfectly sounded traditional rhythms, song and dance that is the most exciting Irish dance and music production at this present time. This production has been seen by over two-million worldwide amassing an unsurpassed reputation for their "stunningly executed performances". The incomparable quality and pure unadulterated spectacle of their work perfectlt blends the ancient traditions of Irish dance and music with the innovative and flawlessly choreographed production values of contemporary Irish excellence.
Though the show THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND was formed in 1998, the traditional singing, sean nos, dates back to as early as the 1600s. The term sean nos from the Irish/gaelic language, means 'in the old style'. Along with traditional and authentic Irish dancing and singing, audiences will hear the bodhran being played. It holds pride of place as the principle percussion instrument of Irish traditional music and dates back to 3000BC. Long before RIVERDANCE, there was Irish dance, music and song, often taking place spontaneously in kitchens, taverns and family gatherings. Across the small villages across Ireland , the percussion of the dance steps fuelled the exciting pulse of the music and its ancient compelling rhythms. These traditional arts endure today in much the same way. Evoking a time and place steeped in legend, lore and enchantment, THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND offers the most authentic Irish cultural experience of any production at this present time.
It should be highlighted that THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND is all 100% live, featuring the finest award-winning artists performing today. Stars the calibre of DAVID MOORE, lead male dancer of RIVERDANCE (2005-2006); ANTHONY STREET, lead male dancer of LORD OF THE DANCE (2003-2007); and MICHELLE LAWRENCE, 3-times World Champion and lead female dancer of LORD OF THE DANCE , plus a cast of 14 dancers with extensive experience with major Irish international productions thus ensuring a standard of excellence and quality in performance.
Choreographer MICHAEL DONNELLAN needs no introduction. He is 4-times World Irish Dance Champion, the ex-lead male dancer of RIVERDANCE and LORD OF THE DANCE. He directed the acclaimed MAGIC OF THE DANCE.
Music direction will be by five-times all-Irish champion MARTIN O'CONNELL and THOMAS JOHNSON. Direct from the shores of Galway and Killarney to Dublin's fair city, these two acclaimed talents will be accompanied by a 6-piece live band of Ireland's current World-Champion musicians from such acclaimed productions as RAGUS THE SHOW and RIVERDANCE.
Experience a spectacular evening of traditional Irish dance, music and song enhanced by stunning costumes, lighting and sound. This is indeed, THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND. "Legend, folklore and enchantment are interwoven in a voyage of discovery without falling into the trap of sentimentality. That's not to deny that some passages make the hairs on the nape of the neck rise…the troupe's adaptation echoes the past as the dancers seem to fly across the stage to the beat of the bodhron and the soaring notes of the fiddle. Great music, dancing and singing by performers of zipping quality and enthusiasm make you want to clap in time. In fact, the haunting sound of the pipes, the energizing sound of the taps, the deep rhythms of the bodhrán and the shrill cry of the fiddle - the best of the Irish experience", notes Michael Donnellan of THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND.
THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND has been critically-acclaimed by media worldwide is simply not to be missed.....The Real Culture - The Real Passion.
When: Friday, 11th April 2008 8pm
Where: Nambour Civic Centre - Main Hall
Prices: $59.90 Adults
$49.90 Pensioner/Senior/Student/ Child/Group(+10)
Nambour Civic Centre (Maroochy Venues)
Centenary Square, Currie Street, Nambour
Phone: 07 5475 7777
Fax: 07 5441 7400