"Riverdance" is currently on a standing-room-only tour of the United States, and will be in the Washington, D.C., area June 26 through July 6.
Composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, "Riverdance" is the development of an original idea by Ms. Doherty that was initially performed at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in April 1994. The show focuses on the evolution of Irish dance, as well as its similarities with - and influences on - other cultures. The phenomenon of "Riverdance" draws on Irish traditions and combines the richness of the music with the magic and sensuality of the dance. Led by principal dancers from Ireland, the United States, Spain and
Russia, a troupe of more than 80 performers comprise the "Riverdance" company.
More than 2 million people in Ireland, England and the United States have seen "Riverdance," in addition to some 2.6 million who have purchased the video version of the show.
"Riverdance" had its world premiere at the Point Theater Dublin in February 1995, where it opened to unanimous critical acclaim.