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Author:  Azlan [ Tue Jun 04, 2002 5:27 am ]
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Mon Jun 28, 2004 9:08 am ]
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Michael Donnellan: 'Magic Of The Dance'
From RTE Open House

They dance across chairs and tables, they set the stage on fire, they tap faster than anyone before: The Irish Dance spectacular ‘Magic Of The Dance’ is currently running at the Gaiety Theatre until Saturday the 1st of November.

Cheering, applause and standing ovations rule the night on the current World Tour. The audience is spellbound not only by exciting choreographies, a wonderful love story and Irish music, but also by a real world sensation: The mere speed of his taps sets a dancer's feet on fire! Fiery Michael Donnellan, twice World Champion of Irish Dancing, pounds the stage with an incredible 40 taps per second!

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Mon Jun 28, 2004 9:12 am ]
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This show is starting a UK tour this week, kicking off at the Churchill Theatre Bromley. Full details of the Bromley performances can be found here.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Jun 30, 2004 3:18 am ]
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“Magic of the Dance”, Churchill Theatre, Bromley, 29th June

I remember the original version of “Riverdance” from the Eurovision song Contest in Dublin. Having turned on to have fun at the expense of the dire Europop tunes, I was suddenly on the edge of my seat with the energy and skill of the line of perfectly synchronised step dancers, choreographed and lead by Michael Flatley. The video of the original version of the stage show has Flatley again impressing with his own dancing and the ensemble concept. However, his idea of continuity is to appear in every scene, whether it be Irish, Russian, Spanish dance or whatever – the ego has landed. Thankfully, “Magic of the Dance” avoids this trap.

Overall, I came out exhilarated by the “Magic of the Dance” experience and unsurprisingly, the strongest features are the solo and ensemble Irish dancing. However, the producers know that you can’t sustain a production with only Irish dance and the main alternative is tap dancing, which dovetails stylistically with the primary dance style. A few novelty sections also break up the action - the best is tapping on flat electronic tuned drum machines. There is a story, about emigration to the US, a love affair and devils, but this merely provides a few cues for the various dance set pieces and can be safely ignored.

Michael Donellan plays the devil figure and as his multiple world champion pedigree suggests he dances at a furious speed, with footwork as nimble and precise as you are likely to see anywhere. Given his role and audience expectations, he adds flamboyant gestures, plenty of upper body movement and attitude. John Carey, as the romantic lead, matches Donellan’s skill, but as an upright citizen, he dances in a more traditional way. In my view he gets the best of the deal and I found myself leaning forward and concentrating on his magical footwork, without any extraneous distractions. Suzanne Cleary, as the female devil, dances in the centred and focused way that you see from all top performers. She doubles as a street gang member in a 4-aside tap vs Irish contest where her flicks and pointe work are breathtaking.

Not everything works - heaps of dry ice, fire at the front of the stage and other over-dramatic effects I could have done without, but I suspect they are expected. There are also some weak lyrical dance sections in between the pyrotechnic footwork, some dull modern Irish songs and a voiceover by Christopher Lee, which was difficult to hear on the Churchill’s sound system. Lee gets two pages in the programme, which omits to credit the technical team. But these shortcomings couldn’t dim the excitement generated by the lead dancers and the corps. For this first performance in the UK, the cast received a standing ovation and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

“Magic of the Dance” is at the Churchill Theatre Bromley until Saturday, 3rd July. Click here for details of the Churchill run.

Click here for future performances around the UK and the Continent 2004-5.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Jul 09, 2004 10:58 pm ]
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The Magic of the Dance
By James Green for The Stage

In this remarkable production the machine gun sound of the company's lightning tap routines - with lead dancer and

choreographer Michael Donnellan laying claim to 40 taps a second - is as breathtaking for the audience as it must be for the


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Author:  Patricia Somerset [ Wed Jul 14, 2004 3:18 am ]
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"Magic of the Dance" Churchill Theatre, Bromley 29th June. Iwas also at this performance and share Stuart's enthusiasm for what was an exciting night of dance. The excessive dry ice did become a bit tedious and the songs were dreary, but the dance was great. The Irish dance was of course the focus of the show and was excellent, but I very much enjoyed the tap setions, mainly because of the variety they offered. And in the tap section, I think Brittany Brindley deserves a special mention for her relaxed, competent dancing.

I did not like the part of the show where men were invited on stage to demonstrate how not to dance. The first choices made by the dancer who lead this part were older men who were very unlikely to be able to do the steps asked of them. I wondered if the point of this section was to make people look silly and so give the audience a laugh. On this particular night, not all the men first chosen went on stage so it ended up with more of an age mix than I think was the intention. Also, on this night, the lively personalities of those people chosen were more important than their dance skills, but I would guess that's not always the case.

All in all, however, it was a very entertaining show.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Aug 04, 2004 5:30 am ]
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Magic of the Dance
By Donald Hutera for The Times

THE IRISH dance phenomenon kickstarted a decade ago by Riverdance keeps rolling on. Magic of the Dance, which tours the UK until August 21, is one of many cheaper, if essentially harmless, spawn.

This particular variant has been packaged by Jaka Bizilj, managing director of Star Entertainment. The generic title is a tip-off as to content — a knee-jerk brand of Irishness sprinkled with cheerfully competitive nods to American tap and some cringe-worthy audience participation.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Apr 24, 2005 7:34 am ]
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Step kids tap into old winner
By Ellie Carr for The Sunday Herald

SEEN one Irish dance show, seen them all, right? Well, no actually – as this paler imitation of Riverdance goes to prove. Where at least Michael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance has the credibility of being by Riverdance’s original creator, this touring show, Magic Of The Dance, is a blatant copy.

From the cod-mystic storyline, to the booming voiceover (provided here, rather oddly, by horror movie icon Christopher Lee) – even the second half “dance-off” between the stiff-backed Irish dancers and street-wise tappers (in this case the uniformly excellent New York Tap All Stars) is there.

But the formula works . And while this year-old production lacks the wow factor of the original, it is a passable evening’s entertainment. The show’s biggest selling-point is its new male lead (and eight-times world champion) John Carey.

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Author:  ronaldhelre [ Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:17 am ]
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Really its fantastic post enjoyed it all and would definately recommend all who love dance to go and see for themselves.

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