Dancing on Dangerous Ground
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COLIN DUNNE as DIARMUID
TONY KEMP as FINN McCOOL
This thrilling Irish dance drama features Riverdance stars Jean Butler and Colin Dunne, who also devised and choreographed the show. Based on the ancient Irish myth of Diarmuid and Grania, it is a dramatic Celtic love story of bravery, betrayal and vengeance. 'Jean Butler and Colin Dunne were the best thing about Riverdance: the Show...Now these superlative dancers have returned to Radio City with their own and infinitely more creative spectacle Dancing on Dangerous Ground...They have come up with one terrific show, filled with a consistent integrity that does not look down on popular appeal.' THE NEW YORK TIMES
'The effect of 28 dancers rapping out intricate rhythms at high volume generates a real theatrical thrill. Tim Hatley's futuristic marble and steel set also creates an ingenious
architecture within which the dancers constantly change formation. Butler and Dunne are without doubt a class act.' THE GUARDIAN, London
Composer SEAMUS EGAN
Director JEREMY STURT
Original Direction LINDSAY DOLAN
Set and Costumes TIM HATLEY
DARE TO DANCE: Also includes the documentary Dare to Dance, the making of Dancing on Dangerous Ground. The artists and producers talk candidly about the creation of the show.
Top Customer Reviews
Both Dunne and Butler are fine, although aging, dancers. Jean can also express emotions realistically, and it is a joy to watch her face and hands as she expresses love for Colin Dunne. Dunne, on the other hand, does not look so much love-sick as just sick. He looked like he was getting ready to hurl, to barf, instead of to kiss the girl.
I would assume the Irish legend behind this DVD was more complex than appeared in the dance itself. Basically an old lech marries a young chick, but she has the warmies for a younger dude. On what I assume was their wedding night old lech gets drunk, maybe drugged, and the chick runs off with the younger dude. A war is started, but somehow Colin Dunne ends up with Jean Butler. This is enough of a story line for watching them dance, but I would hope the legend itself had more going for it.
The costuming for the New York performance was excellent. Colin Dunne's long white coat was an inspiration. Jean Butler's white wedding dress, short in front for dancing and long in back, was very nice. I am sorry the show died for financial reasons. I would think they could have put together a repertory company that toured Britain doing an assortment of Irish legends put to dance and done well. But I may be totally wrong. In the United States people will pay large amounts to see almost anything Irish on stage.Read more ›
Jean Butler and Colin Dunne are perfectly matched, and I still feel that the world will have to wait a long time to see their equal - and that DEFINITELY includes the bombastic egotistic Michael Flatly. I've seen both Colin Dunne and Michael Flatley in person, and my feelings remain unchanged. I missed a live performance by the incredibly beautiful Jean Butler. Alas. Just to see these beautiful dancers together is alone worth the price of the DVD.
They chose an ancient Irish myth as their vehicle, and they could have gone in 2 directions. Either overdo it, or try to keep their production as spare as possible the more the show the myth. Fortunately, unlike Flatley's garish productions, they chose the latter. Also, fortunately, they DID chose to stretch the envelope of traditional Irish dancing, but in a very valid way and totally in context.
The setting and the costumes do take some getting used to, but used to them I did getDancing on Dangerous Ground. I've adored Riverdance, most particularly when both Butler and Dunn were the leads, but watching my beloved VHS of their New York show, strangely Riverdance looked stiff, albeit still beautiful, by comparison.Read more ›
This is an Irish dance show for the more discerning and appreciative audience. The two principls are as ever, superb. Colin Dunne comes into his own on this show and Jean Butler is as ever, incomparable. Tony Kemp also plays his role effectively, glowering, dismay then resignation evident in his demeanour.
The one jarring aspect for me was seeing the Fianna, whilst training, doing press ups and sit ups whist dancing, but maybe that's just me.
The camers work on the DVD is far better than the hopelessly frenetic cut cut cut of the other shows mentioned. There is more tracking a dancer as they move so you have some idea of the dancing involved. The music is excellent if understated and compliments the steps perfectly.
Let's face it, it was impossible to watch Lord of the Dance particularly and Riverdance (with Mr Flatley involved) without being faintly embarrassed at his gurning showboatery, pseudo boxing movements on the former and self-aggrandisement generally. Dancing on Dangerous Ground is a proper Irish dance show, exhibiting the skill of all of its dancers with no laser shows etc. Alas, the world was not ready for such simple pleasure and the show ended.
I recommend watching this show to anyone who appreciates quality Irish dancing, excellent music and great production. Quite apart from that, it is Irish dancing on DVD where the ubiquitous Flatley is not present. This is a boon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow really amazing they are both gifted .artists really enjoy watching themPublished 3 months ago by Alesia
I love Jean Butler and Colin Dunne, but the program did not showcase their dancing abilities at their best. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Dancing on Dangerous Ground tells a story in dance, like a ballet. But the dance is Irish line dancing. It tells a coherent story and the dancing is excellent. Read morePublished 18 months ago by MC McFarland
I'm wavering between four and five stars here, and leaning toward five. Here's why:
Jean Butler and Colin Dunne are spectacular dancers with real chemistry. Read more
I am a fan of a Michael Flatley and all of his productions. What I love about him is what some others complain about - his onstage presence, confidence and dancing capabilities. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by Danelle L Marker
You mean there were other wonderful Irish/Celtic shows outside River Dance and Lord of the Dance? This is such a good program I had to see when this was done and darn? Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by norma jean kringer
I love this Irish Dance show, which tells the story of an Irish myth through dance. The music by Solas is perfect and adds to the whole ambience of the show. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Bear One
If you like Riverdance and like to watch Irish dancing, this is a great DVD to get. Colin Dunne and Jean Butler create a fantastic story with a second story of how the show was... Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by Arlene Anderson
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