Lord Of The Dance: A Movie/Show Review
I will never forget the first time I ever watched this movie. I checked it out of a library, not sure if I would like it or not, but I got it mostly because I liked Celtic music. I was amazed to say the least, in that not only did I thoroughly enjoy it, but I was able to follow along with the story without any type of narration. I understood what the story was about and even with the little side dance thing I did not lose my place as it were.
I did eventually get to see this show live, unfortunately it was not Michael Flatley doing it. They were good...But it didn't seem to be quite the same without him in it, somehow. I am glad to see he is back to dancing. He had had an injury that I thought put an end to his dancing. Now he has a new show out called Celtic Tiger. I have not seen it. I have seen River Dance, this one and Feet Of Flames...and of these three, this one is my favorite. Michael did not look well in Feet Of Flames.
In Lord Of The Dance, the clip above is my absolutely favorite scene. Here, the little sprite has wandered into a dangerous place. She plays her music to bring beauty and joy to that place and perhaps for some protection...but her music serves to attract the Dark Lord. The Dark Lord taunts her and threatens her and even breaks her flute...(her flute is tied to her magic, to her, and without it she is weakened)...Then the Lord of the Dance comes to her rescue and he and his men battle it out with the Dark Lord and his men. Since he is so strong and came to her rescue, she hopes he is also able to restore her flute...and he does. much later she repays this kindness by saving him when the Dark Lord thinks he has won and banished him forever, she restores his life to him so he can have victory over the Dark Lord.
These dancers begin dancing when they are little kids around five years old. I myself tried to tap dance like this and after a mere few seconds I collapsed with my legs on fire. I now have intense respect for them. Michael Flatley I believe holds the record at 38 taps per second. It is said he must eat at least a steak a day to keep up his weight and have enough energy to maintain this level of dancing. I read that many years ago when I first discovered him, so my memory is not clear on this.
All in all, this movie or the live show is certainly very entertaining and well worth your time to watch...If you enjoy Celtic music that is...and maybe even if you don't.