REVIEW: Rhythm of the Dance at The Kings Theatre in Southsea

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Rhythm of the Dance performed by The National Dance Company of Ireland provided a toe-tapping and dazzling experience.

The two acts were mesmerising with perfect timing and choreography in both group and solo performances, and were all very easy on the eye.

The riverdance in each of the sections was exquisite and made the fabulous iconic noise that makes the experience even more enjoyable.

I particularly enjoyed the lead male and female dancers, who owned the stage with their fierce footwork and excellent composure.

The dances were linked together by live music, which included a fantastic bodhran player – a type of hand-held drum – who really was the beating heart of the whole performance.

A quick-fingered accordion and Irish flute player joined the drummer and they provided upbeat Irish folk music that was the perfect accompaniment to the dancers.

However it was difficult to understand the full story intended behind the dances as a collective and the attempt to include a narrative through song was sometimes confusing.

Another part that stuck out like a sore thumb was the American Swing section that didn’t really fit in with the previous folk sounds and choreography.