Bostonians have a lot of Irish Pride. No matter someone’s ethnicity; it seems everyone has great pride for the small, neutral country across the pond. Why not? The Irish have brought us Guinness, Kerrygold Butter (if you’ve never tried it, you must do so– it’s dreamy), the movie ‘Once‘, St. Patrick’s Day, and freckles. Now, Riverdance conclude their 15-year world tour with shows April 13-15 at the Boston Opera House. In 1996 Riverdance swept Americans off their feet with the fancy footwork of Michael Flatley and company. Tickets to the upcoming Boston Performances will sell out, I recommend all interested purchase tickets NOW.
Inspired by the footwork of the Riverdancers? Why not try a course in ceili-dancing (commonly called Irish Step-Dance)? Every Monday the Burren Pub in Davis Square hosts ceili lessons in their back room. Beginners come at 7:30pm for an introduction, seasoned dancers come at 8pm, and get the dance party started. Can’t make it to Somerville on a Monday night? Check out the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann website for other classes and Irish Culture events!
So, like they say in Connemara: Nuair atá an cat amuigh bíonn na luch ag damhsa. Dance!
I have seen the movie ‘Once‘ too many times, and I cannot wait to see it again. ‘Once’ is independent film that in 2007 spread like wild fire through word-of-mouth acclaim. The movie was made with a very low budget, $160,000! The movie was written and directed by Irishman John Carney. The movie stars Glen Hansard (‘guy’) and Markéta Irglová (‘girl’), chronicling their lives for about a week; from their first meet on Grafton Street (not to be confused with the gastropub around the corner from us), to the recording of an album. As the Broadway Website perfectly proclaims “His music needed one thing – her.”
Last year, The American Repertory Theater’s fantastic venue Club Oberon hosted a pre-Broadway workshop of ‘Once’. The theater is intimate, allowing for a very raw, personal experiences between the actors and the theater goers. It was probably my favorite theater experience ever.