Lord of the Dance has mesmerised audiences worldwide since its creation in 1996, and now Michael Flatley presents a magical new realm in his latest show Dangerous Games.
Dangerous Games tells the story of “the little spirit” who dreams of a world where passion and energy are celebrated through dance and the kindly Lord of the Dance reigns supreme. But her dream soon turns to a nightmare when The Dark Lord emerges, threatening all that is good in her world.
Separated from his true love Saoirse and facing a fierce army of Dark Disciples, the Lord of the Dance must outsmart the sinister seductress Morrighan and defeat the Dark Lord in a classic tale of good versus evil.
The show begins with a speech from Flatley, set against the ticking sounds of a beautifully crafted golden clock which is projected onto a screen at the rear of the stage. From there, holographic technology and special-effects lighting takes audiences on a journey through lush green fields, enchanting forests, celestial bodies, fiery volcanos and deep into the pits of the underworld itself where the final thrilling battle takes place.
The unfolding of each world is accompanied by beautifully crafted dance routines set to an uplifting soundtrack of traditional Irish music infused with modern tones, as well as a series of live performances from “Erin the Goddess”, whose powerful voice captures the intensity of the story. Expert choreography fuses Irish dance with ballet, acrobatics and a hint of martial arts to create spectacular routines which bring the epic struggle to life in a stunning display of athleticism and raw talent.
Confident and suave, the young Lord of the Dance clearly relished the attention he was receiving from the audience on opening night, while the cyborg-inspired Dark Lord delivered a fearsome performance, embracing his role as the villain. Beautifully crafted costumes ranging from intricately detailed leotards to simplistic suits help the talented cast bring their characters to life and Flatley has injected a hint of science fiction into his new work with machine-inspired costumes and even a troupe of dancing robots.
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is a truly enjoyable night out.
The show is playing at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre until September 27.
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