The spectacular Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show is back at the Gaiety Theatre. Each summer the show partners with a charity for its summer run. This year the show’s charity partner for this summer’s run is AsIAm – Ireland’s National Autism Charity.
The main event of the partnership takes place on 29th June when a 12-hour Riverdanceathon will take place in front of the Gaiety Theatre. Funds raised will go to AsIAm. More than 600 dancers from 26 dance schools across Ireland will take part in the Riverdanceathon. Four of the dance schools are run by ex-Riverdancers.
Members of the Riverdance cast also join in to start the event at 10am and again at lunchtime (1pm) to perform 3 numbers from the show on the Gaiety Plaza as well as bringing it all to an end that evening. Riverdancers are also there throughout the day to encourage and work with younger dancers. The team are delighted that among those taking part on the day will be two autistic dancers.
Also that evening some dance enthusiasts from the AsIAm network will have a chance to take part in the show, training with the troupe and joining the finale of that evening’s performance.
CEO of AsIAm, Ireland’s National Autism Charity, Adam Harris, said, “We are thrilled and deeply honoured to be chosen as the charity partner for Riverdance’s summer run at the Gaiety Theatre. This partnership is a brilliant opportunity to showcase the strength, talent, and inclusivity of the Autism community. The upcoming 12-hour Riverdanceathon on 29th June will not only be an important fundraiser for Autistic services but a powerful celebration of diversity and acceptance. We are grateful to Riverdance for their unwavering support and belief in our mission and a special thank you goes out to Sophia who showcased her brilliant dancing skills at the launch. Together, we will continue to create a more understanding and inclusive society for all Autistic individuals in Ireland and beyond.”
Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show is a powerful and stirring reinvention of the beloved family favourite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning music and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerising soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. The stage spectacular Riverdance has travelled the world performing over 15,000 times to a live audience of 29 million people throughout 48 countries across 6 continents. Riverdance will perform at the Gaiety Theatre from 15th June – 10th Sept 2023.