The Arts

Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance

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by Paula Citron.

Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance is currently on a 10th-anniversary world tour that included two Toronto sell-outs. Clearly Middle Canada is bowled over by precision step dancing in tight formation, but in truth, Lord of the Dance is not a very good show.

Flatley is ambitious in his attempts to use Irish dance, both soft and hard shoe, as vocabulary for storytelling. Unfortunately, he does not succeed in advancing plot through dance. Suffice it to say, we know there is a good guy and a bad guy, and a good girl and a bad girl. The ensemble dancing is eye-catching, however.

The program insults its audience. It consists of a folded sheet of paper listing the scenes along with bios of Flatley, composer Ronan Hardiman and dance director Marie Duffy-Messenger. In fact, the greatest insult is to the dancers. Not one of the leads is listed by name. To be so disrespectful as to have a no-name cast is unconscionable.

From the Hummingbird Centre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.

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