The last dance for legendary 'Riverdance'
An inspiring gift from Ireland that transcends cultural boundaries
“We say that the performance you give tonight gives you employment in a year’s time because of the people who come to the show and have an exciting experience. When that happens they will want to come back the next time we’re around, and they’ll want to bring a friend.”
That seems to be happening in China already thanks to an overwhelming response to the just completed 12-city tour. The Chinese promoters of the show were so pleased with the end result that they’ve asked McColgan to bring the show back at the end of 2010. They’re also convinced that Riverdance could conduct a long and profitable yearly tour of China for the foreseeable future.
“I think for the promoters it was a breakthrough because they knew we had a strong reaction in Beijing and Shanghai, but the other cities had never had western shows before doing that sort of a tour,” said McColgan.
The Chinese tour was captured for a DVD release this summer which will be titled Riverdance: Live in Beijing. The performances were filmed with hi-def cameras for Blu-ray, which will undoubtedly enhance the experience of watching Riverdance even more.
It’s hard to think of an Irish cultural touchstone that has had a deeper global impact than Riverdance. U2 certainly can stand shoulder to shoulder with the show, but nothing else comes close. For a small country with a population of four million, it’s quite a boast to have contributed not one but two acts with such significant brand recognition.
“If you say Ireland in China people respond with Riverdance and Bono and Roy Keane,” McColgan said – Keane being the controversial but brilliant soccer player who now manages in England.
“Obviously at some point Riverdance must come to an end, but while the show is still entertaining people, and people want to come see it again, we’ll keep doing it.”
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