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'Riverdance' treat taps into opportunity

Anne-Marie Walsh

Published 20/02/2012 | 05:00

ENDA Kenny may hope Chinese coppers will soon be hopping into government coffers faster than Michael Flatley's feet hit the ground in 'Riverdance'.

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And last night the legendary show's dancers were giving all they've got to bring the second day of Mr Xi's state visit to a dramatic crescendo.

The vice president of the People's Republic of China was treated to one of the country's biggest recent success stories, aside from the Celtic Tiger.

Mr Xi made a special request to see 'Riverdance', which is hugely popular in his homeland.

His wish was granted at a special private performance in the O'Reilly Theatre at Belvedere College, on Dublin's northside.

For a few hours at least, his political hosts could put our financial woes out of their minds as they continued their quest to tap into Chinese opportunities.

'Riverdance' may have downsized a bit, but its fortunes in China have not shrunk quite as fast as our unfortunate economy.

The show is still a sell-out in the world's most populated nation, and has toured there extensively since its debut in the 1990s. Last year, the dance phenomenon finished a 12-city tour of China.

Last night, as it played to the man due to take the reins of power of the world's fastest-growing economy this year, the famous dance celebration of our historic ups and downs was more about our future.

'Riverdance' started as a seven-minute intermission filler at the 1994 'Eurovision Song Contest' but it went on to showcase 10,000 performances, including an 18-month run on Broadway.

More than 22 million people in 40 countries have since seen the show.

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