Music composed by Gerard Fahy
13 Campbell Street, Haymarket
Season: 20 – 25 October (Sydney)
Michael Flatley is world renowned for his Irish step dancing and the spectacular shows he has staged to showcase the breathtaking skill around the globe. Lord of the Dance Dangerous Games is no exception. Brimming with immense talent and variety in a large ensemble, this production causes audiences to acclaim, taken aback by this toe-tapping bonanza.
The step dancing, which constitutes the body of all of Flatley’s shows is framed in a new storyline to fit the title ‘Lord of the Dance Dangerous Games’. A classic story of good vs. evil plays out, giving way to numerous dance, song, and even violin numbers. Personally, I found the storyline to be a recycling of overused tropes and it proved to me, to be slightly tedious. The acts spoke for themselves without the need for this story as a backdrop, however I understand perhaps the use for stock characters in providing the audience with a quick connection, knowing immediately who to cheer for, and who to fear. Regardless, the sheer talent in the performances forced me to sit back and enjoy the show.
The ensemble of 34 dancers was led by the ‘Lord of the Dance’, who exuded charisma and prompted eager applause to surge through the audience. Both male and female acts took place at various times, as well as a range of individual performances, exhibiting the talent in each performer. Some dances were traditional in their style, while others emphasised Flatley’s ability to keep up with contemporary demands. This was augmented by the use of visual effects in the digital projection backdrop, fire and lighting, transforming an incredible show into a true extravaganza.
It can be unfortunate when mass audiences can no longer appreciate dance in its pure form, and need fancy effects to make the form palatable. Flatley’s production responds to these shifting demands of audiences around the world, refusing to be ignored and giving audiences what they want whilst maintaining an exceptional standard of dance. This is a show that anyone can enjoy…Lord of the Dance is truly exhilarating.