Riverdance… 20 Years and still going strong! March 27 – 29 at the Pikes Peak Center
Back by popular demand, Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour returns to Colorado Springs with a strictly limited engagement at Pikes Peak Center from Tuesday, March 27 through Thursday, March 29. An innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song, Riverdance draws 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.
Riverdance began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Irish entrepreneur Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven-minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, Riverdance broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in early 1995. When it transferred to London, the reaction was unprecedented. A hugely successful tour then started in New York in March 1996, with eight sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, heralding the start of 16 years of non-stop touring by Riverdance companies throughout North America. Since its inception, Riverdance has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and South America.
“The success of Riverdance across the whole world has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said 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 each performance. This 20th Anniversary Tour is a thank you to our audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”
For three days during the last week of March, the world-renowned show will feature new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a brand new number, “Anna Livia,” showcasing the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a cappella, hard-shoe number.
Tickets for Riverdance at Pikes Peak Center start at $45 and are on sale now at PikesPeakCenter.com, the Pikes Peak Center box office or via phone at (719) 520-SHOW. They can also be purchased at The Broadmoor World Arena box office or at BroadmoorWorldArena.com.
As it celebrates the extraordinary milestone of 20 years of unprecedented success, here are a few facts about this Irish sensation:
FACTS ABOUT 20 YEARS OF RIVERDANCE
- The production has travelled 750,000 miles (or 30 times around the world), performing more than 11,500 shows
- Riverdance has played throughout 47 countries across six continents
- The show has been seen live by more than 25 million people in more than 515 venues worldwide
- A global audience of 300 billion people has enjoyed Riverdance on television
- 1,693 participants created the “Longest Riverdance Line,” receiving a Guinness World Record