Dancing on Dangerous Ground
Jean Butler (Actor), Colin Dunne (Actor), Lindsay Dolan (Director)
Dance Performance DVD
DP01 Classic Dance Performances DVD - Jean Butler (Actor), Colin Dunne (Actor), Lindsay Dolan (Director) - Dancing on Dangerous Ground - Dance Performance DVD - JEAN BUTLER as GRANIA. COLIN DUNNE as DIARMUID. TONY KEMP as FINN McCOOL. This thrilling Irish dance drama features Riverdance stars Jean Butler and Colin Dunne, who also devised and choreographed the show. Based on the ancient Irish myth of Diarmuid and Grania, it is a dramatic Celtic love story of bravery, betrayal and vengeance. 'Jean Butler and Colin Dunne were the best thing about Riverdance: the Show...Now these superlative dancers have returned to Radio City with their own and infinitely more creative spectacle Dancing on Dangerous Ground...They have come up with one terrific show, filled with a consistent integrity that does not look down on popular appeal.' The effect of 28 dancers rapping out intricate rhythms at high volume generates a real theatrical thrill. Tim Hatley's futuristic marble and steel set also creates an ingenious architecture within which the dancers constantly change formation. Butler and Dunne are without doubt a class act.' Composer SEAMUS EGAN. Director JEREMY STURT. Original Direction LINDSAY DOLAN. Set and Costumes TIM HATLEY. DARE TO DANCE: Also includes the documentary Dare to Dance, the making of Dancing on Dangerous Ground. The artists and producers talk candidly about the creation of the show. The show itself is just really good. The story is your basic love triangle fairy tale where the the betrothed lady, Grania, goes for the other man Diarmiud. So we see where they meet and the consequences of their actions especially after the hubby, Finn McCool finds out. Major bonus points to the editors who titled each segment making the story a cinch to understand. It's obvious that Jean and Colin wanted to push Irish dance into a new direction and they have succeeded. They really utilize the form to tell the story with dynamic and innovative performances that still embody traditional Irish dance values. Along with sensational music and beautiful costumes this is a must have. The most impressive aspect of this DVD is the behind the scenes documentary on the process of bringing Dangerous Ground to the stage. It was so eye-opening to see what it takes to bring these seemingly simplistic shows to life. And hearing input from the dancers, especially Colin and Jean, added more depth to the actual show because I had a sense of what they felt before the curtain raised on opening night. I would actually recommend watching the doc. before watching the show to get the full experience of this amazing show. I truly hope that Dunne and Butler continue to make more ground breaking shows such as this one. Definitely a must have for dance and theatre lovers. As a former Riverdance nut, I am amazed that I actually missed this. As it is, that incredibly lucky discovery came from a most unlikely source, but I feel so lucky that I found it. Having seen (as it turned out) clips that were posted against permission, I HAD to buy the DVD. Jean Butler and Colin Dunne are perfectly matched, and I still feel that the world will have to wait a long time to see their equal - and that DEFINITELY includes the bombastic egotistic Michael Flatly. I've seen both Colin Dunne and Michael Flatley in person, and my feelings remain unchanged. I missed a live performance by the incredibly beautiful Jean Butler. Alas. Just to see these beautiful dancers together is alone worth the price of the DVD. They chose an ancient Irish myth as their vehicle, and they could have gone in 2 directions. Either overdo it, or try to keep their production as spare as possible the more the show the myth. Fortunately, unlike Flatley's garish productions, they chose the latter. Also, fortunately, they DID chose to stretch the envelope of traditional Irish dancing, but in a very valid way and totally in context. The setting and the costumes do take some getting used to, but used to them I did getDancing on Dangerous Ground. I've adored Riverdance, most particularly when both Butler and Dunn were the leads, but watching my beloved VHS of their New York show, strangely Riverdance looked stiff, albeit still beautiful, by comparison.
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