Riverdance 20th Anniversary World Tour Coming to Kingston

Published on: 2017/02/17 - in Entertainment

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The international Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance is coming to Kingston.

As part of the performance’s 20th Anniversary World Tour, Riverdance hits the stage at the Rogers K-Rock Centre on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Beginning as the interval act in 1994’s Eurovision Song Contest, the seven-minute dance piece was developed into a full-length Irish dance and music show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan.

Combining Irish and International music and dance, the performances broke all box office records during its 1995 world premiere run in Dublin.

Riverdance Countess Cathleen
Riverdance’s Countess Cathleen – Photo: Jack Hartin

When the show opened in London in June of that year, the original 10 performances were so successful it grew to 151 shows over the following months.

The show’s popularity then led to 8 sold out performances in New York the next year, followed by 16 years of continuous touring by Riverdance companies throughout North America.

Since that seven-minute dance piece in 1994, Riverdance has packed halls throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and South America.

The 20th Anniversary performance launched in North America in 2015 and features new costumes,  lighting, projections and the addition of a brand new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an acapella hard-shoe number.

Tickets for Riverdance’s performance in Kingston are now on sale at Ticketmaster.

Photos: Riverdance.com | Photographer: Jack Hartin