Michael Flatley is a bit of a dance legend. You could feel it in the air before the performance started, there was a definite buzz.
Dangerous Minds is a flashy take on the traditional Irish Dance, with added robot costumes, back projection and a gymnast.
This is one of those shows which will divide its audience, often stepping too far into the gaudy (watch out for a very dodgy digital unicorn) which smothered the power of the dance itself. Although the design was essentially vile, there were some stunning costumes.
James Keegan took the lead in this show, very much the young Michael Flatley, he impressed with his skills. But sadly, this performance falls short by setting the dance to a non-story. Dangerous Games sets up an idea that the dance will come up against some epic adversaries, but it seems evil robots (led by ‘The Dark Lord’ Tom Cunningham) are just as skilled at Irish Dancing as Keegan and his crew.
If you go and see this show, go for the dance itself and try and ignore the glitz around it. It felt as if the dance itself was playing dangerous games by attempting to convert itself into a cruise-ship extravaganza. The traditional dance was squeezed out of it amid a skipping violin duo.
The true Lord of the Dance, does make an appearance in this show, but you will just have to be patient. Appearing at the finale to rapturous applause, he performs a little, along with his young cast. We are then shown a back projection film of Flatley dancing. If one Flatley isn’t enough, we’re treated to 3 duplicates. This in fact was the performance of the night, Flatley’s skills, even now, cannot be denied.
Dangerous Games may not be dangerous enough, but the skills of these dancers are something to behold and we definitely had a laugh. Maybe it’s time for Flatley to bring his shows back to their grassroots.
Review by Isabella Van Braeckel
Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
Age Restrictions: For 5+ upwards. No babes in arms will be admitted
Show Opened: 2nd September 2014
Booking Until: 25th October 2014
Important Info: Michael Flatley will NOT be in appearing in Matinee performances.
Nadine Coyle will be performing at the following 7.30pm performances. 1 to 6, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30 September 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 15 – 17 October.
Wednesday 10th September 2014