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June 18, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, Staff Writer
Watching Riverdance is like seeing your favorite band. You know much of what to expect, but you may enjoy the spectacle even more for it. So it's easy to see why this show, which brought its 20th Anniversary World Tour to the Academy of Music Tuesday night, has endured. There's much for fans to look forward to year after year, yet just enough changes to keep it interesting. Changes for this anniversary tour include a new a cappella hard-shoe piece for the women and new costumes, lighting, and projections.
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May 9, 2012 | By Mark Kennedy, ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — When Julian Erskine last saw the American touring company of Riverdance, he had to smile. He was in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on an October night in Costa Mesa, Calif., watching the high-stepping cast electrify the crowd once again despite more than a dozen years crisscrossing the nation. "To be at the back of a hall with the audience jumping to their feet at the end of the show after all these years, it's just so gratifying and just so pleasing," says Erskine, the show's senior executive producer, by phone from Dublin.
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June 13, 2016 | John Timpane, Staff Writer
It will be a song-and-dance summer in our region, from the Lehigh Valley to the Shore, with dramatic gems studding the landscape. Below are some standout song-and-dancefests, summer Shakespeare - including four gentlemen of Verona (see below) - plus summer Neil Simon, summer Noël Coward, and more. Riverdance (June 14-19, Academy of Music) The 20th-anniversary world tour comes through Philadelphia, looking back at the show's history, and adding costumes, lighting, projections, and a brand-new number, "Anna Livia" (embodiment of the River Liffey flowing through Dublin)
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May 14, 2012 | By Nancy G. Heller, FOR THE INQUIRER
It has to be said: Much of Riverdance is profoundly dumb. This is not the fault of the performers — appealing, energetic, and superbly trained dancers, singers, and musicians who, on Friday night, inaugurated the local leg of their "farewell tour" at the Merriam Theater. Rather, it is because composer Bill Whelan, producer Moya Doherty, and director John McColgan have tried to tie together a group of unrelated numbers through an incoherent "theme" (something about sun worship and immigration)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 1998 | By Karen Heller, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There's no difficulty understanding why Riverdance - The Show, which runs through Sept. 20 at the Mann, is also Riverdance, the phenomenon. The performance features an enormous cast of uniformly accomplished, young and preternaturally attractive dancers. This company of 100, one of three circling the globe for the last 2 1/2 years, helps explain why Irish unemployment has plummeted. It is more difficult, though, to actually understand Riverdance, a perplexing pastiche of New Age thinking, confounding music and an unfathomable story line that hops over time and the globe, managing to include a Russian folk ballet troupe, one flamenco dancer, and a stunning trio of African American tap dancers who almost steal the show.
NEWS
May 17, 2007 | By Lisa Kraus FOR THE INQUIRER
If you have a teenage Celtic-culture fanatic at home who seeks out Irish dance and music on YouTube, and anywhere else she can find it, you'll know that Riverdance, now at the Academy of Music, has gone through several incarnations, touring the world for 12 years to rapturous acclaim. Its squadrons of ultraprecise championship dancers, with their Olympian ability to execute umpteen taps a second in hard-shoe jigs, captivate with their life-affirming vigor. Through slides, song lyrics, and spoken narrative, Riverdance tells of the Irish connection to land and sea and the challenges of emigration.
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November 28, 1997 | By Tom Infield, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Literarily speaking, the Philadelphia region will become the place to be during December. For a fortnight, two overlapping literary festivals will draw some of the biggest names in books (and other arts) to the area - Center City, the western suburbs and South Jersey. The fourth annual Greater Philadelphia Jewish Book Festival, scheduled for Dec. 7 to 14, will feature appearances by well-known authors at five Jewish community centers. Speakers will include Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz (7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Gershman Y, Broad and Pine Streets; 215-545-4400, Ext. 219)
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
What on earth could the River Nile and Riverdance have in common? They are the sources for two vastly different dance works opening Thursday as part of the Fringe Festival's final weekend. While both flow from traditional dance cultures, their choreographers, Reggie Wilson and Colin Dunne, reroute their Africanist and Irish disciplines into contemporary dance idioms. New York's Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group opens at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre with the world premiere of his Moses(es)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 1997 | By Lesley Valdes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Michael Flatley is winsome during an interview. When he's not exposing the gleaming, dripping chest familiar to viewers of Lord of the Dance, the guy's vibes are sweet. He's better-looking in person than on the video, too. Back in Chicago, where Flatley grew up, some say the phenom dancer has always favored shirts open to the belly button. But backstage at the McNichols Sports Arena, an hour before curtain rises, Flatley's totally buttoned in blue-denim shirt and jeans topped by a ho-hum beige jacket.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gwen Resch has two families. Yes, the 14-year-old from Linwood, N.J., has a mother, father, and older brother. But she also has her "dance family," a far-reaching network of friends from across the region who share her passion for Irish dancing. "When you go to dance, that's a part of the experience," Resch said of constantly reconnecting with her dancing friends. "My favorite part. " While Resch sees most of her local dance mates three or four times a week, when they practice at the Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, she will be part of a wider ensemble Saturday.
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June 18, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, Staff Writer
Watching Riverdance is like seeing your favorite band. You know much of what to expect, but you may enjoy the spectacle even more for it. So it's easy to see why this show, which brought its 20th Anniversary World Tour to the Academy of Music Tuesday night, has endured. There's much for fans to look forward to year after year, yet just enough changes to keep it interesting. Changes for this anniversary tour include a new a cappella hard-shoe piece for the women and new costumes, lighting, and projections.
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | John Timpane, Staff Writer
It will be a song-and-dance summer in our region, from the Lehigh Valley to the Shore, with dramatic gems studding the landscape. Below are some standout song-and-dancefests, summer Shakespeare - including four gentlemen of Verona (see below) - plus summer Neil Simon, summer Noël Coward, and more. Riverdance (June 14-19, Academy of Music) The 20th-anniversary world tour comes through Philadelphia, looking back at the show's history, and adding costumes, lighting, projections, and a brand-new number, "Anna Livia" (embodiment of the River Liffey flowing through Dublin)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, Staff Writer
Dangerous Games is billed as Michael Flatley's final tour as the Lord of the Dance. After 20 years of bringing Irish dance to mainstream audiences, Flatley appeared in only the final 10 minutes of Sunday night's show at the Wells Fargo Center. He was greeted like Elvis entering the building. Flatley danced just a few phrases, but the show, with his name in lights on the backdrop, would not have been complete without a sighting. Dangerous Games follows the format of Flatley's previous shows, which began in 1994 with Riverdance and continued with Lord of the Dance in 1996.
NEWS
July 14, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gwen Resch has two families. Yes, the 14-year-old from Linwood, N.J., has a mother, father, and older brother. But she also has her "dance family," a far-reaching network of friends from across the region who share her passion for Irish dancing. "When you go to dance, that's a part of the experience," Resch said of constantly reconnecting with her dancing friends. "My favorite part. " While Resch sees most of her local dance mates three or four times a week, when they practice at the Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, she was going to be part of a wider ensemble Saturday.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gwen Resch has two families. Yes, the 14-year-old from Linwood, N.J., has a mother, father, and older brother. But she also has her "dance family," a far-reaching network of friends from across the region who share her passion for Irish dancing. "When you go to dance, that's a part of the experience," Resch said of constantly reconnecting with her dancing friends. "My favorite part. " While Resch sees most of her local dance mates three or four times a week, when they practice at the Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, she will be part of a wider ensemble Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2014 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Since 2006, Shen Yun ("the beauty of divine beings dancing") has been presenting programs designed to "revive 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture" through music and dance. On Friday, the 2014 edition of Shen Yun began a brief run at the Merriam Theater, where it charmed and astonished, but ultimately left this viewer feeling profoundly uncomfortable. Large-scale "folkloric" extravaganzas like Shen Yun have a venerable history - think Riverdance, or Philadelphia's Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
What on earth could the River Nile and Riverdance have in common? They are the sources for two vastly different dance works opening Thursday as part of the Fringe Festival's final weekend. While both flow from traditional dance cultures, their choreographers, Reggie Wilson and Colin Dunne, reroute their Africanist and Irish disciplines into contemporary dance idioms. New York's Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group opens at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre with the world premiere of his Moses(es)
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
THE 17th annual Fringe Festival (formerly Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe) kicked off yesterday with an expanded schedule as well as a new name. For the next 17 days, dozens of venues will be filled with drama, comedy, music, dance, circus arts and multimedia presentations that stretch the concept of "theater" well beyond its normal parameters. (Let's just say that "Grease" is not in the mix.) While the festival has made the transformation from, well, a fringe event to a key piece of Philly's cultural landscape, its whys and wherefores still may be unknown - or, at least, misunderstood - by many.
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July 28, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
It takes a strong, confident artist to name an entire tour after her role as the wife of another outsize superstar. Such is the marriage of Beyoncé Knowles to (the newly unhyphenated) hip-hop enterprise and mogul Jay Z, also known as Shawn Carter. Though she came to Philadelphia with something named "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour," make no mistake - the razzle-dazzle performance that sold out the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday was all Bey. (She'll return on Labor Day weekend as a headliner in the Budweiser Made in America festival.)
NEWS
May 14, 2012 | By Nancy G. Heller, FOR THE INQUIRER
It has to be said: Much of Riverdance is profoundly dumb. This is not the fault of the performers — appealing, energetic, and superbly trained dancers, singers, and musicians who, on Friday night, inaugurated the local leg of their "farewell tour" at the Merriam Theater. Rather, it is because composer Bill Whelan, producer Moya Doherty, and director John McColgan have tried to tie together a group of unrelated numbers through an incoherent "theme" (something about sun worship and immigration)
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