Riverdance - Blessing or destroyer ?
Hey, to try and get talking about music again, I thought it might be interesting to see what you all as musicians and dancers think about the phenomenon that is Riverdance.
Apparently riverdance was great because it brought traditional music to a wider audience, (namely Americans) and everyone fell in love with it, but in my opinion it has done no favours to the dancing scene and not been any great help to the real traditional music either, not just because it isn’t technically traditional, but the drums, rock guitars etc doesn’t do much for the authenticity of the sound either. (apart from the one track heartland)
But that’s the music, the dancing end of it now seems to be more about glamour with a lot of marks going for appearance (as far as I know) dancers seem more concerned about their appearance than their actual art form and what it represents, with all the wigs and hundreds of dollars on the dancing costumes which only last a short while. Hasn’t it become very lucrative indeed! More attention should be spent on the dancing and less on the appearance. This alienates those with smaller pockets who might be just as talented.
But seeing it is doing so well, some people must like it, and my question is why? and do you think it damaged the tradition in any way? im talking more about the dancing tradition here and would our tradition purer if this hadn’t of come about in the first place? I’ll look forward to hearing your opinions!