FES­TIVE SPIRIT

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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - AM­BER MACPHERSON

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.

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