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Monday, September 1, 2008

Monday, 1 September 2008: Lord of the dance


Late Sunday afternoons usually pass by slowly and lazily at Thatchwick. So making a 45 kilometre trip from Pretoria to Monte Casino, busy entertainment complex in Johannesburg, to watch Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance with friends was out of the ordinary. The Teatro vibrated at the sound of the fiddlers and those nimble feet tapping out the story of the struggle between the evil Don Dorcha (we discovered a sweet-faced young man after his mask came off in the curtain call) and the attractive, tall and blonde Lord of the Dance assisted by a wee bit 'o magic from a little flute-playing spirit. Stage lights changed in perfect precision, pyrotechnics startled and the audience clapped, cheered and coaxed several encores from the dancers. I loved the haunting Gaelic singing best.

8 comments:

Tracy said...

That must have been amazing...what a show to see live! Glad you had a grand time! We leave for the US Wedneday--hooray! We'll have the laptop along and will post while away--look forward to it :o) Happy week, my friend ((HUGS))

Lavinia said...

Wow, I thought Flatley had retired. No idea his feet were still a-tapping.

I love your new header! What a glorious property you have...

Carrie said...

I'v watched this group on television several times and enjoyed it very much. But to be at a performance in person must have been tremendous.

willow said...

Eleanor, this looks like so much fun! I bet you are still tapping your toes along with the wonderful Gaelic music.

Shelley said...

FABULOUS photo...what a wonderful time you must've had.

Joni B. said...

great photo! I saw the show live here in Montreal - years ago. I did not know he was still tapping away. It is an amazing show and I am so glad you got the opportunity to see it. I will never forget it. Have a great day -

Charlotte said...

I love these dancers. I tap danced back in the 40s when it was so popular. I was just a little kid but I thought it was fun.

Mary said...

I loved the show also some years back, amazing timing and beautiful sets. The craze for Irish step dance then took over around here! There's a dance school that teaches nothing but - the girls are lovely with those pretty curly hairdos - my granddaughter Jasmin always says "Grandma, my hair's already perfect with so many curls - I wouldn't even need to buy the hairpiece the wear when performing in costume".

.......and the music, who could not love the Irish music! I'm putting Enya on the player right now!!!!