Enjoy a joyous celebration of Celtic culture as A Taste of Irish Christmas brings a fine mix of top dancing and traditional music to The Star
How do the Irish celebrate Christmas? With a good old song and dance. Tomorrow night, The Star Gold Coast will stage A Taste of Irish Christmas, a celebration of Celtic culture with extravagant step dancing and traditional music.
A festive extension of the touring show A Taste Of Ireland, the Christmas version was created by world champion Irish dancer Ceili Moore who, some might by surprised to learn, is a true blue Aussie.
“A Taste of Irish Christmas is an Irish music and dance show,” Moore says.
“It combines the culture of Ireland and Christmas. You can’t go wrong.
“The story of the show is there is a lead male and female, they fall in love at Christmas time.
“The male chooses to migrate to Australia, the female stays in Ireland, and they go through struggles of being away from each other.
“It’s more about the Irish culture in terms of how they celebrate Christmas.
“We integrate a lot of traditional Irish tunes, that’s something that’s really prominent in their Christmas time.”
Sydney-born Ceili has been touring the world with a number of highly esteemed dance companies for years, including Riverdance, Heartbeat of Home and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance.
Playing the lead female role in A Taste of Irish Christmas, she says the production showcases some of the globe’s best Irish dancers and musicians.
“There’s fiddle, percussion, all sorts of different things happening on stage,” Ceili says.
“Our musicians are very talented. They can pick up any instrument and play it.
“We have dancers that have danced all over the world. It really is a really lively show.”
Ceili says Irish dance is unlike any other style of movement, combining elements of strength with grace and precision.
“I’ve done other styles of dancing, but I think Irish dancing is really unique because it combines it all,” Ceili says.
“You have to be elegant like a ballerina, you also have to be so strong and fit and athletic. It’s a sport as well.
“In the show there’s contemporary dances as well as traditional.”
After a successful staging on the Gold Coast last year, Ceili says she’s thrilled to “bring the jigs Down Under” again.
“We did A Taste of Irish Christmas at the Gold Coast Arts Centre last year, it was really well received,” she says.
“We had such amazing feedback, it was very worth coming back again.” A Taste of Irish Christmas performs at The Star, Gold Coast, tomorrow night. Doors open 7pm, tickets start at $69.90. Call Ticketek on 13 28 49 or visit star.com.au
Ceili Moore stars in A Taste of Irish Christmas, coming to The Star tomorrow night.