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After 20 years, ‘Riverdance’ can’t stop dancing

The 20th Anniversary Tour of “Riverdance” comes to the Saroyan Theatre on Monday, Nov. 16.
The 20th Anniversary Tour of “Riverdance” comes to the Saroyan Theatre on Monday, Nov. 16. Special to The Bee

You haven’t been able to get a “Riverdance” fix for four years in North America, but never fear. The popular show, which has been touring through Europe and Asia, has returned with a 20th-anniversary production. It makes a stop Monday, Nov. 16, in Fresno’s Saroyan Theatre. Here’s a rundown.

The premise: Irish dancing. Lots of it.

The history: “Riverdance” started as an act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. John McColgan and Moya Doherty expanded it into a stage show that opened in Dublin in 1995 and has been traveling the world since.

The numbers: The show has played approximately 11,000 performances and been seen live by more than 25 million people in 467 venues.

What’s new: The 20th Anniversary World Tour “incorporates new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a capella hard-shoe number.

The physical toll: Fifty thousand rolls of grip tape have been used by the company’s physiotherapists on the 2,000-plus dancers who have been with the show. That’s a lot of sore feet.

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