Although honeybees instinctually communicate through dance, humans who attempt to do so without proper training risk insulting the queen or eating the wrong flowers. Check out buzz-worthy abilities with today's GrouponLive deal to see Riverdance at the Indiana University Auditorium. For $21, you get one ticket for reserved balcony seating on Thursday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $43.75 value, including all fees).
After continually traversing the globe since its breakout television performance nearly 18 years ago, Riverdance returns stateside for a last hurrah. A cast of six principal dancers will clobber the stage with the stomps, taps, kicks, and tackles of traditional Irish step dancing, which, when synchronized with a live band and 18 troupe dancers, sends waves of rhythm cascading over all 3,200 seats of the regal Indiana University Auditorium. The show’s 18 scenes break into two acts: the first depicting the mythical beginnings of the Celtic people as they hatched from a kelpie's head, and the second portraying the Irish famine and ensuing wave of emigration.
In a middle sequence inspired by this diaspora, global culture begins to broaden Irish dance vocabulary with choreography borrowed from other nations and teen cheerleading movies. Graceful arm movements in “The Countess Cathleen” signal the Moscow Folk Ballet’s influence, Latin flair fires up the Andalucía piece, and “Trading Taps” draws out parallels between Irish and American art forms. The show’s energy electrifies fans of all ages, particularly children seeking to add new moves to their temper tantrums.