Riverdance: The Ten Years

1 hr 3 min | Education, Behind The Scenes, Performing Arts | 2005

Riverdance The Ten Years is a documentary celebrating the rise and rise of Riverdance from a seven-minute Eurovision Song Contest interval in 1994 to a global dance phenomenon and an internationally recognised brand. The documentary follows the journey of Riverdance from the heady stages of creation, through the anxious formation of a full-length show and reveals the daunting logistics of managing a global spectacle. It examines the split with Michael Flatley, first night nerves on Broadway, the exclusive performance at the People’s Hall in China and the rapid and unprecedented rise of the show to the heights of International success. Since its birth Riverdance has been by seen by 18 million people, at 250 venues worldwide in 30 countries over four continents. It has broken countless box office records and has been viewed TV audiences exceeding 1.5 billion. Introduced by Gabriel Byrne, the documentary features in-depth interviews with Composer Bill Whelan, Producer Moya Doherty Director, John McColgan and Principal Dancer Jean Butler. Critics Clive Barnes, of The New York Post and Fintan O’Toole of The Irish Times give their analysis of the success of the show. It includes fly on the wall coverage back stage of dancers and cast. Other contributors include Michael Flatley, Liam Neeson, Senator Ted Kennedy, Shirley Bassey and John Hurt. The documentary also features performances from the first 10 years of the show, culminating in the performance of Riverdance at the Opening Ceremony of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games which featured over one hundred dancers performing in the longest troupe line ever seen in an Irish dance show.