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Has anyone heard of Riverdance?

My freinds got us tickets to see this and I have never heard of it - although its supposed to be quite famous. I'm thinking it may be painful to sit through.. any experience with this?

Tue. Sep 11, 4:39am

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its irish dancing. its all in sync with each other. I have seen them on tv.. I would love to see them in concert.. have fun .. open your mind. I think you will like it. I know I would.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 8:06 AM

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thanks for your thoughts... you are right, I have to go in there with a different attitude.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 8:47 AM

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My only experience with it is on PBS. I LOVED it. If I had the chance I would go in a heartbeat.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 12:12 PM

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I once read an interview with a music critic where they were asked how they could possibly give a good review to music that they personally didn't like (didn't like country for example but were assigned to review a concert). The critic responded that the genre actually didn't matter at all and that they evaluated the performer(s) on their musicianship, technique, technical excellence, showmanship and observed the audience's reactions. In short, you don't have to personally like Irish folk music and dancing to be able to admit that the performers are talented and that they put on a good show. If you thought that they didn't, you'll have some solid reasons why instead of churlishly muttering 'didn't like it' at which point everyone dismisses your opinions.

Since I read that article I've made much more of an effort to notice and appreciate the various aspects of a performance even if it's not to my personal taste. You know what? There are some talented people out there who have a real passion for what they do. All my friends know I can't stand Justin Timberlake but observing that he works hard and puts on a heck of a show has never diminished me in anyone's eyes.

Irish music and dance aren't normally my thing, but I have seen televised versions of Riverdance and would love to see performers of that calibre live since I appreciate the work it takes to perform to that level and love the energy of a live performance. I sincerely hope you are able to go and enjoy watching the show on some level even if it's just with detached objectivity.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 1:03 PM

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I would LOVE to see this performance. I have heard it is fabulous...have only seen it on TV. Not a dance person either. So OP have a great time because you are in for a treat.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 4:40 PM

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ok, now I'm not just going to go with an open mind, I am down right excited! Its Sept. 27th and will let you all know what I thought.... What a very interesting post about the article on critiquing talent. I will definitely keep that in mind... I'm also pysched for my first row tix for "ABBA" in Jan.!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 5:09 PM

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My husband and I saw this several years ago. It was awesome! I will see it again if it comes through my town again.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 6:09 PM

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You are so lucky! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to go to Riverdance. Have an amazing time - you will be getting some good exercise in with all of the hand clapping and foot tapping you will be doing to the music. :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 9:42 PM

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My brother got the DVD of their performance and made my dad and me sit through it. Oh no, another stupid show my brother is dragging me into.... I thought. I had never heard of Riverdance, and usually don't watch TV. I was mesmerized! What incredible performers! What athletes - who can DANCE! There is not an ounce of jiggle on these ladies. It has been several years now since I saw that show, and I can still see them dancing when I close my eyes, it was so memorable. You lucky lucky girl! (or maybe you are a guy...)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 10:14 PM

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I saw Riverdance and i LOVED IT - it was amazing, exhilerating (sp?) and fun!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 11:50 PM

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