Riverdance continues U.S. tour after holidays

20th Anniversary TourOver the last 20 years, Riverdance, the international Irish dance phenomenon, has played 11,000 performances, has been seen live by more than 25 million people in over 465 venues worldwide, has danced in 46 countries across six continents, has performed to a global television audience of three billion people and has sold over three million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD. This ensemble has literally traveled to the moon and back again, touring more than 700,000 miles.


Now, in honor of its 20th anniversary, Riverdance is on a world tour, recently landing in America in October.


Riverdance 20th Anniversary Tour“The success of Riverdance across the whole world has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said Producer Moya Doherty. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show. This 20th Anniversary Tour is a ‘thank you’ to our audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”


The U.S. tour ends a four-year absence. It features new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a brand new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an acapella hard-shoe number.


Riverdance 20th Anniversary World TourComposed by Bill Whelan and directed by John McColgan, it’s an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures.


The U.S. tour has recently paused to take a break for the holidays. Beginning January 1, Riverdance kicks off again at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA. It then tours through July 3, visiting 42 more cities.


For a complete list of the remaining tour engagements for North America, visit www.riverdance.com.


Photos: Riverdance in performance. Photos by Jack Hartin.