FROM the sensual moves of the Sean Nos dance to the disciplined tradition of the Celtic Step, a show reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history is coming to Barnstaple.
Rhythm Of The Dance, at the Queen’s Theatre on Friday, promises to combine traditional dance and music with up-to-date technology to present a thousand-year-old story in a modern day stage show.
Having worked with the likes of James Brown, Chuck Berry and Van Morrison, renowned producer and promoter Kieran Cavanagh is bringing this successful show to the UK for a national tour.
Taking to the stage will be an all-Irish cast of 19 dancers, five musicians, and three singers, most of whom have been performing since the tender ages of four or five years old.
The dancers are led by Marty McKay, who also danced in Michael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance. The singers, The Young Irish Tenors, are accompanied on their songs of celebration and hope by the five musicians who play on rare and haunting musical instruments, such as the Celtic Bouzouki, the Cittern, the Octave mandolin, the melodeon (Irish accordion), tin whistle and Pennywhistle flutes, century-old harps, banjos,
fiddles, guitars and various hand drums.
Now in its 15th year, Rhythm Of The Dance has been seen by more than four-and-a-half million people in 59 countries, including the USA, China and Russia, but this visit to the UK is a rare one.
Rhythm Of The Dance is at the Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple on Friday, September 5, 7.30pm. Tickets: £23.50/£21.50 (full), £21.50/£19.50 (member), £19 (family). Box office: 01271 324242 or www.northdevontheatres.org.uk.