World-class dancers hit the SOEC stage for Dangerous Games

The esteemed production Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games will be making a stop at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The esteemed production Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games will be making a stop at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Following performances on Broadway, in the West End of London, Europe and Australia, Lord of the Dance is currently wrapping up a tour in the United States before beginning one in Canada.

“I’m absolutely excited to be performing in Canada,” said Tom Cunningham, who plays the role of Dark Lord.  “This is the first time we’re bringing Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games to Canada.  I’m excited to return to Canada and show it off to a new audience. We also have several Canadian-Irish dancers in the troupe who are excited to get back to Canada.”

Dangerous Games is a reworked version of Lord of the Dance, which brought Irish dance to the global stage with many performances over the course of two decades. In addition to world-class Irish dancing, the show features holographs, special effects lighting, dancing robots and world champion acrobats.

“Some people may be familiar with Lord of the Dance,” Cunningham said. “This new version Dangerous Games is bigger, brighter, faster and more engrossing than the original. Almost two years ago we went back to the drawing board and took apart Lord of the Dance. We were aware we wanted to keep the signature pieces, we just wanted to improve it. We came up with new material and new music. It all comes together, and it’s been blowing people away for the past 18 months.”

Loosely based on Irish folklore, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is a simple tale of love versus lust, and good versus evil.  Cunningham described the appeal of the performance as taking the audience on a journey, where each number is a stand alone they don’t have to think about but can just sit back and enjoy.

“I play the bad guy, and we have a couple standoffs between my character and the Lord of the Dance,” he said of his favourite parts of the show.  “They are the most fun parts to play, you can really sink your teeth into it and we really have a go at each other on stage.  It’s just so much fun.”

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games will be performed on March 24 at the South Okanagan Events Centre, and tickets are available through valleyfirsttix.com.