Friday, August 12, 2016

Fringe Festival 2016: "Kicking It Irish"

Day: 8

Show: 34

Category: Dance

By: O'Shea Productions

Created by: O'Shea Productions

Location: Ritz Theater Proscenium

Summary: Traditional Irish music and dancing, choreographed by one of the original cast members of Riverdance.

Highlights: Presented by St. Paul's O'Shea Irish Dance and The Center for Irish Music, this is a thrilling display of authentic Irish music and dance. Choreographer Cormac Ó Sé (co-founder of O'Shea Irish Dance and original cast member of Riverdance) shows his stuff in one dance number, but then lets his students shine as he watches proudly from the band, which includes flutes, whistles, guitars, mandolin, and accordion. The lovely authentic music ranges from mournful ballads to lively jigs. The dancing is varied too, not all the high flying feet and stiff arms, but also rhythmic step dancing and a few modern numbers in which the dancers get to loosen move their arms. The talented young dancers include regional and national champions, and it's truly a thrill to watch them dance individually or as one synchronized group.