Tuesday 21 November 2017

'Riverdance' treat taps into opportunity

Anne-Marie Walsh

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

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.

Irish Independent

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