Riverdance Unveiled

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The interval act at the Eurovision Song Contest 1994 'Riverdance' wows the audience.

  • Title
    Eurovision Song Contest 1994 Riverdance
  • 1st Broadcast
    30/04/1994
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:22
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Clip title
    Riverdance Unveiled
  • Extended description

    In 1994, Paul Harrington and Paul McGettigan won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland with 'Rock and Roll Kids'. However, it was the seven-minute interval act 'Riverdance' that stole the show.

    'Riverdance', with music and lyrics written by Bill Whelan, mixed traditional and modern music, choral singing and Irish dancing, and presented them in a totally new way. Over 300 million European viewers were watching and from this interval act came 'Riverdance' the show.

    In February 1995, the world premiere of 'Riverdance' the show was held at the Point Theatre, Dublin.'Riverdance' went on to become an international commercial success around the world.

  • Information

    Riverdance was first performed during the 7-minute interval of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest at the Point Theatre, Dublin on 30 April 1994.This performance featured Irish Dancing Champions Jean Butler and Michael Flatley, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Celtic choral group Anúna with a score written by Bill Whelan. Riverdance is produced and directed by husband and wife team John McColgan and Moya Doherty.

  • Local keywords
    RTE, Broadcasting, Eurovision Song Contest, Riverdance, 1990s, Bill Whelan, Michael Flatley,
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1994
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    DLX/00732
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Stereo
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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