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Oct. 6th, 2005 @ 12:17 am Celtic Tiger
This show was a disappointment. I had previously seen Lord of the Dance live and Riverdance on TV, so I was expecting a bit of Flatley ego, and much Celtic style dancing.

His celebration of Irish history was easy enough to follow. From the druids to St. Patrick to British rule to 1916. It flowed well. However, his dancers are not ballet dancers. He should not dress them up as butterflies and ladybugs and flowers and make them dance modern ballet. Keep them in their hard shoes. It was strange that he opened the show in Roman costumes, but I'll overlook that.

The second part of the show was plain bizarre. It started with a girl in a stewardess uniform dancing in 4" stilettos. She then stripped down to a star-spangled bikini - let's all say it together - WTF?

Then there was a nice tap number. He touched on some other forms of dance in a montage - tango, salsa, ballet, hiphop...

It then became almost a celebration of famous Irish figures, including the late Pope??, Sinead O'Connor (nice to put them together), Ronald Regan, JFK, and Bono. Oh - I almost forgot the best part of the video montage, it ended with a shot of the space shuttle launch and then one of the lunar scenes, with an Irish flag in place of the American flag. (??) Then we were treated to a red, white and blue extravaga including a square dance, with the girls looking like Daisy Duke's impression of square-dress.

Then, back to the chick in the star-spangled bikini, faking Yankee Doodle Dandy on a flute. The last 3 numbers were done to YDD. Maybe it plays well to an American audience, but it wasn't exactly the show I expected.

I would seriously recommend avoiding this show. Flatley hardly dances at all (he may as well have stayed retired) and although the first and last numbers are kick-ass footwork, they aren't enough to overcome the very disappointing show.
Who does she think she is?
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Date:October 6th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)
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Weren't the Romans in Ireland at one point? I don't know Irish history all that well. More importantly, was there any mention of the little people of Stonehenge?
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Date:October 6th, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)

In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history, an ancient race of people...

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I was waiting for an 18" stonehenge to descend from the ceiling! Especially when his guitarist came down for a solo.

As far as I know there is no concrete proof that the Romans were in Ireland, or that it was officially part of the Roman Empire, but there are some cultural links (types of swords, ironwork) that tend to indicate an influence. Anyways, that aside, it was weird that they came out as Romans, rather than fighting them as they did for the Brits.

My guess is he just thought he looked hot as a gladiator. *g*

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Date:October 6th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
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Sorry it was such a dissapointment:(
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Date:October 6th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like it sucked out loud.
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