Report on the Riverdance group's dance show, which is currently at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. Excerpts of the show, interviews with the two main dancers, Joanne Doyle and Braendan de Gallai, who speak of the importance for their career of their victory in the Eurovision contest. Today, their show, L'Hymne au Soleil et à la Lune is playing in capitals everywhere. It's a mix of Irish folklore, tapdancing and dances from other cultures, such as flamenco.
The Riverdance show is a traditional Irish ballet bringing together tap, singing and Celtic music. The choreography is characterised by very fast leg movements with the rest of the body relatively unmoving. The thirty or so dancers who make up the show are perfectly synchronised. Created in 1994 to insure an interlude of seven minutes for the Eurovision competition taking place in Dublin,Riverdanceimmediately received public praise, first in the United Kingdom, then very soon in North America and the rest of Europe.Riverdanceis today made up of three troupes who travel the world. The Irish dancers, singers and musicians have added a Russian folklore ballet and a flamenco dancer.Riverdancehas succeeded in winning over more than 20 million spectators.