Since its first appearance as an interval performance during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest at The Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, County Cork, Riverdance has gone on to take the world by storm.
Following its Eurovision performance, Riverdance was developed into a full length stage show. The shows infusion of traditional Irish dance and music augmented with samples of international rock and electronic bass has seen it develop into a worldwide favourite and has encouraged many fans to plan Ireland vacations in order to see the performance in the Emerald Isle.
Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland – in rock, music, theatre and film – nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.
This timeless piece of Irish performance art was composed by Limerick native Bill Whelan and so to celebrate to the 20th anniversary of this global phenomenon it return’s to Whelan’s home town in January 2014 before embarking on its world tour.
Since its world premiere in Dublin in early 1995 it has gone on to become a global phenomenon, being performed over 12,000 times to a live audience in excess of 23 million and with three companies on tour at any one time.
The event will be the inaugural flagship event for Limerick City of Culture 2014 and also signify the homecoming for Limerick born composer, Bill Whelan. Performances take place between the 16th & 19th January with tickets available from the University Concert Hall Box Office on +353 61 331 549.