This article was published on October 30th, 2017
Clap your hands and tap your feet because Broadway Across Canada has announced the 20th Anniversary World Tour of Riverdance will be returning to Canada for a limited engagement.
Now in its 23rd year, Riverdance originally was conceived as the interval act for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. The seven-minute long piece was produced by Moya Doherty for television and later developed into a full-length stage show that premiered in Dublin in 1995. Riverdance features international music and dance, along with Irish folk music and has been dazzling audiences ever since.
Throughout its 23 years of existence, Riverdance has entertained audiences around the world. Riverdance has played to more than 300 million people worldwide on television and seen live by over 25 million people in more than 11,500 performances. 47 countries in 6 continents have placed host to performances of the Grammy-Award winning music and dance troop.
Riverdance has circled the globe more than 30 times having traveled 750,000 and has sold 13 million copies of their CDs, DVDs, and videos. Riverdance is also the Guinness World Record holder for the ‘Longest Riverdance Line,’ that involved 1693 river dancers. The team behind Riverdance even opened a school in 2015 that trains hundreds of people a year on the art of the Riverdance.
Riverdance the 20th Anniversary World Tour has new costumes, new lighting and imagery, and the inclusion of a brand-new number, “Anna Livia,” which will feature the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an “a cappella hard-shoe number”. The 20th Anniversary World Tour of Riverdance features set design by Robert Ballagh, lighting by John Comiskey, costumes by Joan Bergin and sound design by Michael O’Gorman. Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan.
Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre will play host to this exciting production of the 20th anniversary tour from Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15, 2018. Tickets start at $30.50.