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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, March 4th, 2014

 

Heartbeat of Home
Created by the producers and director of Riverdance

 

Air dates: Sunday, March 2nd at 7:00pm; Tuesday, March 11th at 1:00am; and Sunday, March 16th at 4:30pm.

Heartbeat of Home

Three years in the making, HEARTBEAT OF HOME is a high-octane dance extravaganza that lovingly encompasses a diverse array of multicultural influences, blending the thunder and drama of Irish dance with the sultriness and attitude of Latin American salsa and the glorious rhythms of Africa. This tantalizing musical tour de force was created by the producers and director of Riverdance, with original music by Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne and lyrics by award-winning writer Joseph O’Connor. With a world-class cast of 29 dancers and 10 musicians, the high-energy production employs cutting-edge projection technology to create a dream world of joyous, heart-stopping music and dance. HEARTBEAT OF HOME air dates: Sunday, March 2nd at 7:00pm; Tuesday, March 11th at 1:00am; and Sunday, March 16th at 4:30pm.

HEARTBEAT OF HOME takes place in a dreamland of oceans and starlight, in neon-shining cities of the 21st century and in epic, open spaces. Irish dancers share the stage with Afro-Cuban and Latin dancers taking leave of their homelands — Ireland, Africa, Spain — as they journey over wild seas towards a new land of opportunity where music and dance, the only true international languages, join together in celebration, telling stories of survival, courage and passion.

 

 

 

 

HEARTBEAT OF HOME is produced by Moya Doherty, conceived and directed by John McColgan, music by Brian Byrne with concept development and lyrics by award-winning Irish writer Joseph O’Connor. HEARTBEAT OF HOME showcases world-class dancers from Ireland, the U.S., Australia, Britain, Canada, Italy, Mexico and Spain and choreography by David Bolger. The creative team also includes John Carey (Irish Dance Choreography), Alan Farquharson (Set Design), David Torpey/Image Now (Set Projection Design), Peter Canning (Lighting Design), Ciaran Byrne (Sound Design), Monica Ennis and Niamh O’Connor (Costumes Styling) and Padraic Moyles (Assistant Director).

 

The production features these performers:

Featured Irish Dancers: Ciara Sexton and Bobby Hodges

Irish Dance Troupe: Olivia Griffin, Emma Warren, Peta Anderson, Roisín Lyons, Ceili Moore, Natasia Petracic, Gianna Petracic, Shaunessy Sinnett, Erin Trevena, Ryan McCaffery, Jason O’Neill Stephen Brennan, Tom Brosnan, William Bryant, Blaine Donovan, Fred Nguyen, Andrew O’Reilly, Callum Spencer

Afro-Cuban Dancers: Teneisha Bonner, Kieran Donovan, Renako McDonald

Latin Dancers: Clare Craze, Vanessa Guevara, Curtis Angus, Angelo Gioffrè

Flamenco Dancers: Rocio Montoya, Stefano Domit

Female Vocalist: Lucia Evans

Band: Guy Rickarby (MD/Kit Drummer), Robbie Fitzgerald (Guitar), Aoife Ní Bhriain (Fiddle), Paul Booth (Keys/Saxophone), Paul Frost (Trombone), Tanya O’Callaghan (Bass), Lottie Cullen (Pipes), Robbie Harris (Percussion/Vocals), Ryan Quigley (Brass)

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For further information contact Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Interim Program Director, at (309) 495-0591 or stacey.tomczyk@wtvp.org

 


 

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