Kidding Around … Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games

It’s been 20 years since Michael Flatley and Lord of the Dance burst onto the world stage and we were lucky enough to be given tickets to Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games and the show had me shaking my head in amazement.

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The basic story of the show sees the Dark Lord threatening the Lord of the Dance with his robotic “army”. The beginning of the show is set in a fantasyland of waterfalls and unicorns (where all is pure and white) until the Dark Lord wreaks destruction with fire (real feel it on your face fire!), breaking the magic flute of Little Spirit and stealing the Lord of the Dance’s belt. The Lord of the Dance then sets out to get it back! To find out how it ends… well, you’ll just have to go and see it!

 Photo: Supplied
Photo: Supplied

The show stars stiletto-wearing violinists Giada Costenaro Cunningham and Eimear Reilly, Rachel O’Connor singing and Erin-Kate McIlravey performing contortionist maneuvers that would be at home at Cirque du Soleil.

Giada Costenaro Cunningham and Eimear Reilly
Giada Costenaro Cunningham and Eimear Reilly Photo: Supplied

The performers I came to see were the 34 Irish dancers that  the Lord of the Dance is famous for and they were BRILLIANT! Individually, the lead performers (“Lord of the Dance” Morgan Comer, “Dark Lord” Tom Cunningham and Andrea Kren) are impressive but when the entire company are together they are AMAZING!

A scene from Lord Of The Dance, Dangerous Games by Michael Flatley @ London Palladium (Opening 2-09-14) ©Tristram Kenton 08/14 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com
A scene from Lord Of The Dance, Dangerous Games by Michael Flatley @ London Palladium
(Opening 2-09-14)
©Tristram Kenton 08/14
(3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

I have no idea how it all comes together – however, I can only assume it is hours and hours (and hours!) of rehearsal and I am sure some blood, sweat and tears. The dancers feet move at lightning speed in tap shoes and specially designed lace-up ballet shoes. There is disagreement in our house as to whether the tap beats were pre-recorded or not – I suspect a little of both. The costumes range from Feis dresses with traditional Irish embroidery, to shirtless men and women in bras and barely-there-clothes –  a point that divided attendees as to whether it was necessary.

 Photo: Supplied
Photo: Supplied

Michael Flatley (who retired in July, appears via a pre-recorded video at the beginning and end of the show) “lives” on in Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games – I just would have loved to have seen him perform live!

MORE INFORMATION

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is at State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne until 4 October 2015.

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is created, directed and choreographed by Michael Flatley and is produced in Australia by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Base Entertainment Asia.

WEBSITE www.lordofthedance.com 

FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/MichaelFlatleysLordoftheDance

SEASON DETAILS

MELBOURNE

Venue: Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

Dates: Tuesday 29 September – Sunday 4 October 2015

Times:  Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday-Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm & 8pm, Sunday 1pm & 6pm

Prices: From $69.90 (Booking and transaction fees may apply)

Bookings: Arts Centre Melbourne 1300 182 183 or artscentremelbourne.com.au

Groups 10+ SAVE! Call Group Bookings on 1300 889 278

CANBERRA

Venue: Canberra Theatre

Dates: Tuesday 6 October – Sunday 11 Oct 2015

Times:  Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday-Friday 730pm, Saturday 2pm & 730pm, Sunday 1pm & 6pm

Prices: From $69.90 (Booking and transaction fees may apply)

Bookings: Canberra Theatre Centre 02 6275 2700 or canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Groups 10+ SAVE! Call Group Bookings on 02 6275 2727

BRISBANE

Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC

Dates: Tuesday 13 October – Friday 16 October 2015

Times:  Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday 1pm & 8pm, Thursday & Friday 8pm

Prices: From $69.90 (Booking and transaction fees may apply)

Bookings: QPAC 136 246 or qpac.com.au

Groups 10+ SAVE! Call Group Bookings on (07) 3840 7466

GOLD COAST

Venue: Jupiters Hotel & Casino

Dates: Saturday 17 October – Sunday 18 October 2015

Times:  Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm & 7pm

Prices: From $79.90 (Booking and transaction fees may apply)

Bookings: Ticketek 132 849 or ticketek.com.au

Groups 10+ SAVE! Call Group Bookings on 1300 364 001

SYDNEY

Venue: Capitol Theatre

Dates: Tuesday 20 October – Sunday 25 October 2015

Times:  Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday 1pm & 8pm, Thursday – Friday 8pm,

Saturday 2pm & 8pm, Sunday 3pm

Prices: From $69.90 (Booking and transaction fees may apply)

Bookings: Ticketmaster 136 100 or ticketmaster.com.au

Groups 10+ SAVE! Call Group Bookings on 1300 889 278


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