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Celtic Tiger - Good but overshadowed by previous performances!!,
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This review is from: Michael Flatley: Celtic Tiger [DVD] (2005) (DVD)
"Celtic Tiger" is an excellent performance but I feel nothing compares to the first time we saw Flatley electrify us and astound us in "RiverDance". Then Irish dancing on a large scale was novel, new, exciting and fresh. I'm still amazed by the collective synchronicity and fast footwork that sets the stage alight but dare I say Irish dancing is losing its lustre and while there is a talent there is an element of hmmm we've seen this what's new??
Unfortunatly Flatley is a victim of his own success because after "Lord of the Dance" and "Feet of Flames" can he top it? The short answer is no, and to be honest "Celtic Tiger" isn't for everybody. Sometimes DVD on TV can capture the atmosphere and essence of the live stage show but it didn't translate as well here, however, I'd have loved to have seen the performance live and the general feel is there.
If you're not into dance then it's not recommended (I remember my dad muttering, "a load of ponces prancing around" as he went to make a cup of tea). Basically there is a lot of gymnastics and ballet dancing, which isn't to everyones taste. I have to say however, the backdrops are amazing and at times awe-inspiring. The story of Ireland is told effectively and especially the emigration of the Irish to America. There is a sense of I have seen all this before and also unfortunatly the main tenet of Irish dance is all below the waist and like pogo sticks the upper body bounces up and down. This done in a variety of different costumes and scenes becomes a little tedious.
Now all the negative aside - if you like Irish dance it's worth a peruse, if you're a fan of Flatley still get it - it is a dance extravaganza and some of the settings are breathtaking. Being English I wasn't offended by the redcoats pillaging of the Irish villages - it is part of our history whether we like it or not - no point pretending the bad parts didn't happen. The music is also gorgeous and some of the songs heart-warming. Overall - it is worth a watch but it would be nice to see something original and new - a little of been here done that syndrome is creeping in now. Also with this DVD I did have a sense of well I've seen it once I wouldn't bother again so it didn't have the same impact as "Riverdance" for me.