“Lord of the Dance” spectacular but sexist

Michael Flatley's Irish dance show gives its women too little to do.

By - Mar 7th, 2013 09:50 am
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The Good Guys of “Lord of the Dance.” Photo courtesy of the company.

Lord of the Dance electrified the air in the Milwaukee Theater Friday evening, as the North American touring company made a one-night stop. Irish dance sensation Michael Flatley created, choreographed, produced and directed Lord of the Dance, which has played to packed houses the world over since its inception in 1996. The mythic tale of Good vs. Evil and Love vs. Desire, based on folklore, creates a world of enchantment, mystery and passion.

Antagonist Zoltan Papp as Don Dorcha, Lord of Darkness, vies with hero Zachary Klingenberg, in the title role that Flatley created. They battle for ascendancy in this mythic land through barrages of intricate Celtic footwork and modern stage combat. The conflict rises in ever more demanding choreography that propels the story with ever-increasing intensity.

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The bad guys of “Lord of the Dance.” Photo courtesy of the company.

Klingenberg’s precision footwork, athleticism and charisma captivated the audience, who cheered wildly whenever he threw a glance in its direction. His nemesis, Zoltan Papp was mesmerizing. Aisling Nally, as Saorise, the object of their desire, was lovely, but her dancing was often disappointing. Nally mostly stood behind the female corps or somewhere in their midst and waved her arms about in a sultry fashion. Sometimes she skipped across the stage like a little girl. The talented Andrea Kerns was sadly limited by a a role that required little more than writhing in a unitard as the lusty temptress, Morrighan.

In this incarnation of Lord of the Dance, the men eclipsed the women in every aspect. But the men got the demanding, exciting and powerful steps. Nally go no opportunity to show that she could keep up with her partner until the end of the show, and she made the most of it. Her Celtic tap was outstanding and left you wishing she’d had more chances to exhibit her prowess. Flatley reduced his women to objects of lust or fairy-like beauties.

Still, Lord of the Dance won a standing ovation and hearty cheers. As an encore, the dancers lined the stage and exhibited the synchronized percussive footwork that’s made Irish dancing so popular and spectacular, outstanding, breathtaking.

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The hot girls of “Lord of the Dance” rip off their tops. Photo courtesy of the company.

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