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Final tour presents 18 shows in Charlottetown

RiverdanceRiverdance at The Charlottetown Festival is October 2. Riverdance appears on the Homburg Theatre stage at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

“Since 1996, the success of Riverdance in North America has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said producer Moya Doherty. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences 13 years after its debut in Dublin is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show.”

What began as a seven-minute dance segment on the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest (televised to more than 300 million people in Europe) and then quickly turned into a full-scale production has become much more than an international theatrical success. Many credit the show with playing an important role in promoting the image of Ireland, calling Riverdance Ireland’s greatest ambassador.

Riverdance had its world premiere at the Point Theatre, Dublin, in 1995. Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance has to date played more than 10,000 performances in more than 300 venues throughout 32 countries across four continents.

Riverdance changed the face of Irish dance and despite its imitators, has remained on top and was voted the #1 Variety/Family Entertainment Show in the US (1998). An innovative and blend of dance, music and song, the show draws on Irish traditions and the combined talents of the performers to appeal to audiences across all ages and cultures. This show features an international company all performing to Bill Whelan’s music.

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