Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance at Warner Theatre
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The last date listed for Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance was Sunday April 25, 2010 / 6:30pm.
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I enjoyed the performance. However I will never attend a dance performance at Warner Theater in the future without being able to carefully choose my seat location. I am short and even brought along a pillow, yet though the seats were stadium style my vision would have been blocked by those in front of me had I not been lucky enough to be able to move to an available empty seat right next to mine that had a better line of sight. Not being able to see the performers' (& especially) their feet in Riverdance would have ruined it.
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“Fascinating, rewarding and above all, entertaining.” —New York Post
“A showpiece extravaganza.” —Los Angeles Times
More than 100 million people worldwide have seen Lord of the Dance — the international Irish dancing extravaganza that has performed sold-out shows at theaters, arenas and stadiums in more than 67 countries and now enters its 12th year of touring worldwide.
“Our success demonstrates the hunger people have,” says Flatley, “to wholly submerge themselves into a world where dancers interpret every nuance of classic good versus evil through modern Celtic music.” Lord of the Dance has an ability to connect with the audience and initiate and captivate a new generation. Adding to the visceral and emotional impact are costumes, lighting and staging that are cinematic in scope. “Make no mistake,” adds Flatley, “Lord of the Dance begins where modern theatre ends.”
Flatley, who originated the role of the Lord, is the company’s artistic director, a position he has held since the troupe’s stunning 1996 debut in Dublin. More than a decade later, his influence continues to resonate throughout every aspect of the production. Irish dance lovers and music fans alike will get a chance to experience the engaging, rhythmic adventure that has helped catapult Celtic dance mania and Irish dancing into the global spotlight. During its highly profitable four-year residency in Las Vegas, an estimated two million people danced along in their seats.
National television gave a nod to Flatley as he and cast members from Lord of the Dance were invited to perform on ABC’s hit reality television program Dancing With The Stars in 2007.
“That kind of reaction speaks directly to the quality of dancers who I have had the privilege to bring to the stage,” Flatley says. “They give of themselves in a way that is unique alone to Irish dancing, stretching a form of dance that has evolved over more than 2,000 years.” The dancers’ average age is 22, and each one has achieved individual recognition as a national dance champion. “Each one is a superstar,” Flatley adds.
Flatley continues to oversee all aspects of the production. The first American to win the All-World Championship in Irish Dance, he was The Guinness Book of World Records holder for having “the world’s fastest feet” at 35 taps per second.
Lord of the Dance is a mesmerizing blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance. The story is based upon mythical Irish folklore as Don Dorcha, Lord of Darkness, challenges the ethereal lord of light, the Lord of the Dance. Battle lines are drawn, passions ignite and a love story fueled by the dramatic leaps and turns of dancers’ bodies begins to build against a backdrop of Celtic rhythm. The action is played out over 21 scenes on a grand scale of precision dancing, dramatic music, colorful costumes and state-of-the-art staging and lighting.
About the Ticket Supplier: Warner TheatreThe Warner's special place in the history of Washington began in the 1920s when dozens of grand theaters and moviehouses lit up downtown. Built first for vaudeville and silent movies, the Theatre was opened as the Earle Theatre in 1924.
The Earle switched to a movies-only policy in 1945 and in 1947, owner Harry Warner, one of the Hollywood's Warner Brothers, visited Washington and told his tour guide Julian Brylawski (one of the original builders) that since he owned the theatre, his name should be on the marquee. Thus the Earle Theatre became the Warner Theatre.