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Dancing On Dangerous Ground [DVD] (2000) [2001]

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  • Format: Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Nov. 2000
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000050YLP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,678 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dance spectacular performed and choreographed by ex-Riverdance dancers Jean Butler and Colin Dunne that brings to life the traditional Irish myth of Diarmuid and Grania.

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By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2001
Format: DVD
Dancing on Dangerous Ground is given an excellent presentation on this DVD. It was filmed during a performance of the show at the prestigious and historic Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the heart of London's West End where the show premiered on 6th December 2000. The show stars Jean Butler and Colin Dunne who had previously been working in Riverdance. Jean and Colin wanted to show the world a new form of Irish dance show, they sucessfully created an exciting and dynamic piece of dance theatre. The show is based on Irish mythology - namely "The hunt for Diarmuid and Grania", there are many versions of this legend and DODG uses elements of several versions, the story and the dance are passionate and dynamic. Of course seeing a show on DVD is not the same experience as seeing it live but as it is highly unlikely that the show will be revived this DVD will be the only way that many fans will get to see the show. I was fortunate enough to see the show a couple of times in London, the DVD serves as an excellent reminder of the show. The dancing is simply brilliant, much attention has been paid to the group pieces as well as Jean and Colin's duets and solos. The show features alot of hard shoe work which is danced to perfection. The Dolby Digital sound does a good job of recreating the acoustics of the theatre and has been mixed to be played loud. I can assure you that the music and tapping from the stage were at loud volumes in the theatre for the live shows - I could feel the sound not just hear it (as a trainee theatre designer I was very impressed - this can really impact on the audience).Read more ›
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Having failed to see the show when it ran in the theatre, I was delighted to see this appear on DVD. It is a pleasure to see rather excellent Irish dancing performed as it should be, without the ludicrous glitz and blinding lights that accompanied certainly Lord of the Dance and to a lesser extent, Riverdance.
This is an Irish dance show for the more discerning and appreciative audience. The two principls are as ever, superb. Colin Dunne comes into his own on this show and Jean Butler is as ever, incomparable. Tony Kemp also plays his role effectively, glowering, dismay then resignation evident in his demeanour.
The camers work on the DVD is far better than the hopelessly frenetic cut cut cut of the other shows mentioned. There is more tracking a dancer as they move so you have some idea of the dancing involved. The music is excellent if understated and compliments the steps perfectly.

Let's face it, it was impossible to watch Lord of the Dance particularly and Riverdance (with Mr Flatley involved) without being faintly embarrassed at his gurning showboatery, pseudo boxing movements on the former and self-aggrandisement generally. Dancing on Dangerous Ground is a proper Irish dance show, exhibiting the skill of all of its dancers with no laser shows etc. Alas, the world was not ready for such simple pleasure and the show ended.
I recommend watching this show to anyone who appreciates quality Irish dancing, excellent music and great production. Quite apart from that, it is Irish dancing on DVD where the ubiquitous Flatley is not present. This is a boon.
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Dancing on Dangerous grounds.
One of my all time favourites together with Riverdance,Lord of the Dance. Rhythm of the Dance and Gaelforce and many others.
Here you see the wonderfull work of Collin Dunne and Jean Butler.
Too bad that the show didn't make it and many of us weren't able to see the show.
Let me tell you:
It's a breathtaking performance with all aspects of Irish Dance in it.Some very high speed dance numbers are just too good for words.
Here is where you see the talent of the dancers and ofcourse the talent of Jean and Collin.
My advise: If you haven't seen the show or don't owe a copy, it's very worthwhile getting one.
Peter
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A beautiful Irish dance show (with subtitles in various languages).
From an old Irish love legend.
A long "making-of" (about one hour), with subtitles, is very, very interesting (and sincere).
Makes a very good pair with "Riverdance".
I would advice to buy it, before it gets impossible to be foynd.
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By A Customer on 2 Feb. 2002
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This was a brave attempt by Dunne and Butler to move away from the spectacular style of the Flatley shows such as Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames, but I think therin lies its problem. Its not very exciting. There are some excellent ideas in both storytelling and choreography, yet they are done to death (like the scene where they dance in ropes... a brilliant idea, but it lasts forever!) Flatley had a perfect sense of timing, he did enough to make you want more, yet in DODG,I often feel like you wish the number would finish so you could see what happens next. I didnt like Colin Dunne much in Riverdance, but he is much better in this, with better acting, stage prescence, and he can use his own style of dancing which didnt seem right in the Riverdance setting. Music is pretty good in places. A worthy addition to any irish dance fans collection.
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