Passers-by on South King Street today enjoyed a special taster of the world renowned Riverdance, as 14 of the troupe performed 3 numbers from the show outside the Gaiety Theatre.
The event was to mark the start of Riverdance’s summer season at the Gaiety which commences 14th June and also to announce details of an association with the Irish Hospice Foundation. This year Riverdance has teamed up with the Irish Hospice Foundation to raise awareness and funds for the vital work of the charity. Today details were announced of a 24 hour Irish DanceAthon which Riverdance will host this July.
On 21st July at 12 noon dancers from the Riverdance troupe will kick off 24 hours of continuous Irish dance on the plaza outside the Gaiety Theatre. A large digital clock will hang from the canopy and count down the hours. Over the 24 hours, Riverdancers and Irish dancers from a number of dance schools will take part, ensuring that for 24 hours the dance goes on. Those passing by are invited to donate to the charity and maybe even join in the occasional ceili and to follow the event as it unfolds on social media #Riverdance #DanceAthon
The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) supply vital 24 hour care and this 24 hours of Irish dance aims to highlight their round the clock work.
“The Irish Hospice Foundation brings comfort and care to people at the time in their lives’ when they are most in need of compassion. It’s a vital service to the community that Riverdance is proud to support at our opening night on the 15th June and also with our 24hour DanceAthon event on the 21st July.” Moya Doherty – Producer.
Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) chief executive Sharon Foley paid tribute to the dancers for their support said:
Our work is, indeed 24/7. While they are dancing throughout the night there are families receiving care for their dying loved ones at home through the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service. Please support this 24 hours of dance for 24 hours of care. We could not do our work without public support and the wonderful fundraising events like Riverdance’s Irish DanceAthon.”
Celebrating 30 years
The Irish Hospice Foundation – which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year – is a national charity dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. Its vision is that no one should face death or bereavement without the care and support they need. More than 500 families receive help every year through the IHF Nurses for Night Care Service, which gives more people the option to be cared for at home in their final days. The nurses staying the home throughout the night, providing nursing care, practical help and reassurance to both patient and family.
Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance returns home to Dublin to celebrate its 21st birthday this summer. Riverdance will run at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin from 14 June – 4 September 2016. For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. The worldwide phenomenon began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin and has continued to set new records in packed theatres and arenas throughout the world. www.riverdance.com
– Since 1995 Riverdance has played 11,000 performances and been seen live by over 25 million people in over 467 venues worldwide in 46 countries across 6 continents
– Travelled 700,000 miles (or to the moon and back and back again!)
– Played to a global television audience of 3 billion people
– Sold over 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD and 10 million Riverdance videos & DVD
Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre:
Performance schedule: 14 June – 4 September 2016
Tickets from €15
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