Dance of Irish on stage
ACCOMPLISHED Irish dancer Aidan O'Brien will deliver a taste of Ireland to his hometown next month in a new show blasting on to the world stage.
O'Brien will star alongside his arch-rival Brent Pace and the country's finest champion dancers in a Riverdance-style show coming to the Gympie Civic Centre, July 1.
These two stunning dancers have competed against each other for 15 years and have a high level of respect for one another.
Choreographed and led by Pace, Eireann is steeped in Irish tradition - so much so it could be straight from the heart of Dublin.
Pace said the production celebrated the best of Irish culture and history, portrayed through music and dance.
"Irish dance has come a long way since the inception of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, but Eireann takes the style back to its original roots," he said.
With a cast of the most talented champion Irish dancers and musicians, this production promises to transport the audience to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition were all part of the true heart of Ireland.
Pace was a member of the original Rhythms of Ireland company and performed with the troupe when they came to Gympie. After touring Europe for a couple of years he started his own dance company, Eire Rabusin.
Pace called on O'Brien to collaborate on the production, which is expected to tour world-wide.
"The audience can expect a very high standard of traditional Irish dance with champion dancers," O'Brien said.
At 20, O'Brien is already considered an Irish dance veteran.
Following his graduation from St Patrick's College, he joined the Dance of Desire production at Jupiters Casino and toured Australia, New Zealand and China. He went on to star in two shows; Celtic Illusion and Rhythm Junkies, before this latest project.
"We go back a long way," O'Brien said of Pace.
"We've competed against each other on and off for years."
Pace was a lead soloist in Rhythms of Ireland and is world medallist and five-time national champion. His leading lady Caitlin Ehrich is the current senior Australian champion soloist.
With such phenomenal talent lined up, Eireann is expected to captivate, inspire and immerse the audience through its tunes, taps and tradition. Expect dazzling feet and moment of classic Irish wit as Pace and O'Brien take their audience on a journey through the different dimensions of Irish tradition.