Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary Tour

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary Tour-The international Irish dance phenomenon to play The Mendel Center Feb. 22

BENTON HARBOR, MI – Moya Doherty is proud to announce that Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour, back by popular demand, will play at The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan for one performance only on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the international Irish dance phenomenon are on sale now.


Celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show, The Edinburgh Evening News raves about Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour, “As for the flaws? Well, there simply aren’t any. Here’s to another 20 years!”


Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty, and directed by John McColgan. Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour will feature new costumes, new lighting, new projections, and the addition of a brand-new number, “Anna Livia,” featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a cappella hard-shoe number.


“The success of Riverdance across the whole world has gone beyond our wildest dreams,” said Doherty. “The fact that the show continues to draw and excite audiences is a tribute to every dancer, singer, musician, staff and crew member who have dedicated themselves to the show. This 20th Anniversary Tour is a thank you to our audiences and a celebration of what has been an incredible journey across two decades.”


Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour has set design by Robert Ballagh, lighting design by John Comiskey, costume design by Joan Bergin, and sound design by Michael O’Gorman.


For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality, and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven-minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Doherty, Whelan, and McColgan.


With its fusion of Irish and international music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in early 1995. When the show transferred to London, the reaction was unprecedented. There followed a hugely successful tour starting in New York in March 1996, where eight sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall heralded the start of 16 years of non-stop touring by Riverdance companies throughout North America. Since its inception, Riverdance has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa, and South America.


For more information, please visit:

Website: www.riverdance.com   

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Riverdance   

Twitter: @Riverdance

Instagram:  @Riverdance_Official

Snapchat:   riverdance-real


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Facts about 20 years of Riverdance

·        Played 11,500 performances

·        Seen live by over 25 million people in over 515 venues worldwide

·        Played throughout 47 countries across 6 continents

·        Travelled 750,000 miles (or 30 times around the world!)

·        Played to a global television audience of 300 billion people

·        Sold over 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD

·        Sold 10 million Riverdance videos & DVDs

·        Riverdance holds the Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest Riverdance Line,’ which featured 1693 participants

·        Since the Riverdance Summer School began in 2015 over 500 Irish Dancers from 15 countries worldwide have attended the school and learned the iconic Riverdance steps



Critical praise for Riverdance

“A Riverdance to Love! Exciting! Hypnotic! Thrilling!” - The Globe and Mail


“…this one is the original, it is full of energy and exudes a smooth professionalism.” – South China Morning Post


“Riverdance is the No. 1 dance show of the world.” - Shenzhen Daily


“Unmatched and unrivalled and beautiful to experience.” – Anchorage Daily News


“A family evening unlike anything else!” – The Times of London


“Delightful! Energetic! Sexy!” – Toronto Star


“Riverdance is as much a phenomenon as a show.” – New York Post


“An Irish phenomenon.” - Pariscope


“A show of superlatives.” - Neues Deutschland


“Entertainment doesn’t come much better than this.” – The Irish Examiner


“One of the most entertaining shows you will ever see.” – The Evening Herald


“Dance does not often get so good.” – The Guardian


“The phenomenon rolls on!… There will always be a Riverdance!” – The New York Times


“The art of pure enchantment.” – The Sunday Mail


“The show is quite simply incredible.  A phenomenon of historic proportions.” – The Washington Times


“The sort of spectacle and experience that comes along once in a lifetime.” – The Hollywood Reporter


“Triumphant! A perfect Gem.” – New York Post


“The original... the best.” – The Irish Times


"Excellence beyond compare … majestic unshackled emotion … the audience was teeming with passion, so much that some audience members were even dancing in the aisles.” – Guangzhou Daily




Tickets for Riverdance are on sale at www.TheMendelCenter.com, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor. Discounts are available for seniors, students and children, active military members, and veterans.


Groups of 10 or more receive discounts when orders are placed through The Mendel Center Box Office or online. Contact the box office about reserving private pre- and post-show party areas and transform your show experience into an employee appreciation party, birthday party, a gathering of good friends, or other celebration.




About The Mendel Center Mainstage: The 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Other amenities include a new assistive listening system, free parking, handicap accessibility, and an array of special services including valet parking, catering and bar service for private pre- and post-show events, booster seats for children, non-spill cups for beverages inside the theatre, and premium seats in the Stage Side section.


The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Mendel Center is one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). The GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.


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