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BrumHour saw 25 Years of Lord of The Dance at the invite of The Alexandra.
By Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour
Review: 25 Years of Lord of The Dance at The Alexandra
⭐⭐⭐⭐ A fantastic celebration
Composed by Gerard Fahy, Choreography by Michael Flatley
Lord of the Dance comes with a gigantic legacy! Its huge international impact is something achieved by very few dance-based projects. In itself, it is a massive spectacle, and the huge reactions and roars from the crowd show it is a much loved and admired production.
At this performance, Cathal Keaney played the Lord of the Dance and his command of the stage was so assured you’d be forgiven for realising the dancers rotate through their roles. The Lord is played by different dancers from the company at different performances. The dancers are all at the top of their game and it was great to see their synchronised moves play out in both large groups and mirror each other in more personal moments.
The stage is split into two levels connected by a wide staircase, it features a very detailed rear-projected on the upper level and then a less detailed but closer projection on the lower level. Two 45-minute halves, plus interval, make up almost two-hours for this performance which feels epic in scope and scale. There’s also a video montage at the start and the end to add to the celebration feeling of this 25-year achievement.
Huge themes of heaven and hell, Irish Celtic history and mythology are visible as are a lot of leather trousers and shirtless men. The ladies also find themselves in skimpy tops and at one point gym style pleated skirts. There are also plenty of wrist gauntlets which wouldn’t look out of place in a Marvel superhero film. There are also some beautiful live vocals to look out for and even some live violin playing on stage!
A fantastic celebration, 25 Years of Lord of The Dance is at The Alexandra until Sunday 19th June 2022. Book tickets using BrumHour’s affiliate link >> HERE <<.