Following the phenomenal success of the 2015 UK tour, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games returned to Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall. Schannelle Ricketts put on her dancing shoes and went along to review it for NottinghamLIVE.
Produced, choreographed and directed by the man himself, Flately is absent, with the exception of his virtual appearance which opens the show and returns for a fitting encore.
A spectacular performance of a classic tale of good versus evil, told through a truly talented fusion of an all singing and dancing cast. At times it was a little hard to follow but still thoroughly entertaining as rivals battled it out on stage with impressive foot work and outstanding choreography, that brought together elements of world influences and Irish culture.
The original Lord of the Dance debuted a staggering 20 years ago, this updated production benefits from the use of technology and well as new music, composed by Gerard Fahy. It stars Flatelys protégés James Keegan, Morgan Comer and the brilliant Matthew Smith, deservedly in the role of the Lord of the Dance. All complete some fast and fabulous costume changes including traditional dress. There were also moments of undress as the male dancers gave a shirtless performance in a dance off, whilst the female dancers were on the whole have a more calm ballet style performance.
This latest production combines all the best elements of tradition with exciting new music and dance. An appreciative audience were whipped into a frenzy, mostly prompted by the dancers but as a show, it’s bound to have you leaving with a smile.
By Schannelle Ricketts