Heartbeat Of Home
Airs Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 7 a.m. on KPBS TV
Friday, March 7, 2014
Three years in the making, "Heartbeat Of Home" is a high-octane dance extravaganza that lovingly encompasses a diverse array of multicultural influences, blending the thunder and drama of Irish dance with the sultriness and attitude of Latin American salsa and the glorious rhythms of Africa.
This tantalizing musical tour de force was created by the producers and director of "Riverdance," with original music by Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne and lyrics by award-winning writer Joseph O’Connor. With a world-class cast of 29 dancers and 10 musicians, the high-energy production employs cutting-edge projection technology to create a dream world of joyous, heart-stopping music and dance.
"Heartbeat Of Home" takes place in a dreamland of oceans and starlight, in neon-shining cities of the 21st century and in epic, open spaces. Irish dancers share the stage with Afro-Cuban and Latin dancers taking leave of their homelands — Ireland, Africa, Spain — as they journey over wild seas towards a new land of opportunity where music and dance, the only true international languages, join together in celebration, telling stories of survival, courage and passion.
"Heartbeat Of Home" is produced by Moya Doherty, conceived and directed by John McColgan, music by Brian Byrne with concept development and lyrics by award-winning Irish writer Joseph O’Connor. "Heartbeat Of Home" showcases world-class dancers from Ireland, the U.S., Australia, Britain, Canada, Italy, Mexico and Spain and choreography by David Bolger. The creative team also includes John Carey (Irish Dance Choreography), Alan Farquharson (Set Design), David Torpey/Image Now (Set Projection Design), Peter Canning (Lighting Design), Ciaran Byrne (Sound Design), Monica Ennis and Niamh O’Connor (Costumes Styling) and Padraic Moyles (Assistant Director).
Following its World Premiere engagement and a sold out run in Ireland and China, "Heartbeat Of Home" will play Toronto, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, New York City and Los Angeles beginning January 2014.
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