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Riverdance Returning to Singapore 30 November - 12 December 2010

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The international phenomenon, Riverdance, which has enthralled more than 22 million people worldwide, is returning to Singapore for a limited season of only 16 performances to take place at Sands Theater at Marina Bay Sands, starting 30 November till 12 December 2010.

Emerging from Ireland in 1994, nothing has rivalled the energy, sensuality and originality of Riverdance. For those who have not experienced it, the show focuses on the evolution of Irish dance, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. The phenomenon of Riverdance draws on Irish traditions and combines the richness of the music with the magic and sensuality of the dance.

This riveting production and thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance has tapped its way onto the world stage, thrilling more than 22 million people in over 300 venues worldwide throughout 32 countries across 4 continents, grossing over US$1.6 billion worldwide.

The Riverdance tour to Singapore will feature 31 amazing performers including the remarkable Riverdance Irish Troupe, the cream of Irish musicians, and an impressive array of talent from around the globe, all performing to enchanting Grammy Award-winning music and lyrics. This is a performance that promises to touch your heart and move your feet.

With music and lyrics written by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance is the development of an original idea by Moya Doherty, which was initially performed at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin in April 1994 as a seven- minute interval act. Its success has since become part of theatre history.

The show then premiered at the Point Theatre, Dublin in February 1995 to unanimous critical acclaim, breaking box office records. When it transferred to London in June of that same year, the audience response was so overwhelming that the original 10 performances had to be increased to 151 shows. Since then, it has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia and Europe.

“It has been 10 years since Singapore has welcomed Riverdance to its shores, and I can’t think of a better show to open such a spectacular venue. Riverdance really is a unique spectacle of unbelievable talent which I’m sure will capture the imagination and thrill audiences across Southeast Asia,” said Milan Rokic, Managing Director of BASE Entertainment Asia.

Marina Bay Sands President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Thomas Arasi, added, “It is important for Marina Bay Sands to provide extraordinary experiences for all our guests. The global appeal of Riverdance complements our line-up of attractions including the Sands SkyPark, the best celebrity chef restaurants and Asia’s premier shopping venue. We can’t wait for this spectacular performance to make its mark on our very own Sands Theater.”

 Riverdance will be the first show to grace the stage at the gleaming new Sands Theater which features 1,600 seats on two levels.

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