Last modified: Monday, February 8, 2010
Lord of the Dance added to IU Auditorium's spring schedule
Lord of the Dance
WHEN: March 7, 3 p.m.
WHERE: IU Auditorium
TICKETS: $27.50-$46.50, on sale now. Individual tickets may be purchased online at IUauditorium.com, in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office, as well as through Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. The IU Auditorium Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 8, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Lord of the Dance, featuring 2009 World Irish Dance champions Scott Doherty and Michael McHugh, will be in Bloomington for a one-performance matinee appearance March 7 at 3 p.m.
The story is based upon mythical Irish folklore: Don Dorcha, the Lord of Darkness, challenges the ethereal lord of light, the Lord of the Dance. Battle lines are drawn, passions ignite and a love story fueled by the dramatic leaps and turns of dancers' bodies build against a backdrop of Celtic rhythm. The action is played out over 21 scenes on a grand scale of precision dancing, dramatic music, colorful costumes and state-of-the-art staging and lighting.
Under the artistic direction of Michael Flatley -- who was the first guest judge to appear on ABC's hit reality television program "Dancing With The Stars" -- Lord of the Dance premiered in Dublin in 1996 and has performed to more than 100 million people worldwide in over 67 countries. Described by the New York Post as "fascinating, rewarding and above all, entertaining," and by the Los Angeles Times as "a showpiece extravaganza," Lord of the Dance is a mesmerizing blend of traditional and modern Celtic music and dance.
Doherty and McHugh beat out more than 6,000 dancers representing five continents over the eight-day World Irish Dance competition. Flatley, who was in attendance, received an award acknowledging his special achievements in Irish Dance such as producing and choreographing multiple Irish dance shows including Lord of the Dance.
"With each of the dancers having achieved individual recognition as a national or worldwide dance champion, it's amazing to see such great talent on our stage," said Doug Booher, Director of IU Auditorium. "This show is a worldwide phenomenon, going strong for 14 years, and we are thrilled that they are returning to Bloomington for this one-day appearance."
Featuring more than 40 dancers, Lord of the Dance has been the highest grossing dance show since 1996 and recently completed a four-year residency in Las Vegas. Lord of the Dance also performed at the 2009 Oscars and at Disney World in 2000.