The pounding beat of dancing feet and the eye-popping artistry of Lord of the Dance 3-D will leave you breathless.
Even if you've had a front-row seat for this dance show, it can't compare to this presentation, which puts you so close to the action you'll wish you had worn your dancing shoes.
Michael Flatley leads his dance troupe into Dublin as part of his return to the stage in 2010. It's obvious this isn't just any tour stop. Flatley makes it clear that this is the most important performance to him since he launched Lord of the Dance more than 14 years earlier there.
Although the show is filled with talented performers, it's Flatley who commands the stage like few dancers before him. Whether he's driven by ego, talent or both, Flatley is a whirling dervish who uses the stage as a tool of seduction. He draws you in by mixing fanciful and military numbers that create an emotional and musical roller coaster.
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Director Marcis Viner makes sure to show that Flatley hasn't lost a step, even presenting several of the dancer's high kicks in slow motion. Viner finds a balance between the stationary look of a theater show and the energy of a concert film. Although the dancers are impressive when they tower on the theater screen, the best use of the 3-D is when the camera angle makes it look as if the edge of the stage is the bottom of the movie screen. The perspective is just right to create a look that seems as if the dancers are in the theater.
The never-ending stream of electronically produced imagery that fills the space behind the dancers is necessary in large concert venues. Those images are distracting in the film because the cameras give the viewer such a close perspective.
That's a minor flaw in a show that is dazzling and draining to watch. It's a must-see for fans of the stage production of Lord of the Dance, because it takes fans to places they've never been. If you've never seen the show, this is a perfect introduction.