International Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance returns to Nashville on 20th Anniversary World Tour April 21-23
Tickets on sale Friday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Back by popular demand, the international Irish dance phenomenon, Riverdance, returns to Nashville on its 20th Anniversary World Tour, playing a limited five-performance engagement at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall April 21-23, 2017.
Tickets for Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour go on sale Friday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. at www.TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For groups of 10 or more, call 615-782-4060.
Seen live by 25 million people in 11,500 performances in 47 countries, Riverdance is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music, and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. Celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show, The 20th Anniversary World Tour includes more than 45 cities throughout the United States.
Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan. The tour features new costumes, new lighting, new projections, and the addition of a brand-new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an acapella hard-shoe routine.
“The success of Riverdance across the world has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said Doherty. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show. This 20th Anniversary Tour is a thank you to our audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”
Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour has set design by Robert Ballagh, lighting design by John Comiskey, costume design by Joan Bergin and sound design by Michael O’Gorman.
For more than 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality, and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven-minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Doherty, composer Bill Whelan and director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and international music and dance, the show broke box office records during its world premiere run in Dublin in early 1995. When the show transferred to London, the reaction was unprecedented. There followed a hugely successful tour starting in New York in March 1996, where eight sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall heralded the start of 16 years of non-stop touring by Riverdance companies throughout North America. Since its inception, Riverdance has packed theaters throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and South America.
20 Years of Riverdance by the Numbers
- 11,500 performances
- 47 countries across six continents
- 750,000 miles travelled (or 30 times around the world!)
- Seen live by 25 million people in over 515 venues
- Performed for a global television audience of 300 billion people
- Sold more than three million copies of its Grammy Award-winning album
- Sold 10 million videos and DVDs
- Holds the Guinness World Record for Longest Riverdance Line of 1,693 participants
- Since the Riverdance Summer School began in 2015, more than 500 Irish dancers from 15 countries have attended and learned the iconic steps
Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Media sponsors for the season include NewsChannel 5 and The Tennessean. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.
TPAC is an accessible facility that provides a variety of services including wheelchair accommodations, accessible parking, and assistive listening devices. Open captioning, American Sign Language, audio description, and large print and Braille programs are offered at the Sunday matinee performance of each Broadway series and Broadway special engagement. For more information about accessible services, contact Lori Ward at LWard@TPAC.org or 615-782-4077.
TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is www.TPAC.org.