Riverdance will kick its way into the Gaiety Theatre from June 11 to September 15.
A theatrical show consisting mainly of traditional Irish music and dance, Riverdance originated as an interval performance act during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, composed by Bill Whelan and featuring Irish dancing champions Jean Butler, Michael Flatley and the vocal ensemble Anúna. Transmitted to an estimated 300 million viewers worldwide, it became immediately iconic – earning a standing ovation and going down in history as one of Eurovision’s most famed moments.
The song from the performance titled “Riverdance” was then released as a single featuring Anúna and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. It entered the Irish Singles Chart at No. 1, staying there for 18 weeks. This is the longest amount of time a song has ever topped the Irish chart and is currently the second highest-selling single of all time domestically, behind only Elton John’s 1997 double A-side “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight”.
After witnessing the enthusiasm for Riverdance in Ireland, husband and wife production team John McColgan and Moya Doherty decided to invest over $1 million into producing a full-length touring theatrical show. Opening in Dublin in 1995, since then Riverdance has been performed over 11,500 times to a live audience of over 25 million people in 515 venues worldwide, throughout 47 countries across 6 continents.
Tickets for the Gaiety Theatre run of Riverdance are on sale now. They can be purchased in person at the Gaiety Box Office or online at www.ticketmaster.ie/Riverdance. They cost between €21 and €71, while a family ticket for four can be purchased for €128.
Riverdance will also return to the INEC Killarney in Co. Kerry from September 18 – 22. Tickets for these performances cost between €26.90 and €44. More information can be found at www.inec.ie/riverdance/.