Heartbeat of Home’s dancers will knock your socks off

Published on: January 30, 2014

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I never saw Riverdance, but I always wanted to know what all the fuss was about.  After seeing HEARTBEAT OF HOME, a show by the same producers who made Michael Flatley a household name, I’m QUITE sure, I get it now; the dancers were off the bloody charts amazing.The Meyerholdian precision of the Irish step dancers was completely unbelievable and totally breathtaking. There were no flaws to be seen. Anywhere. Ever. The feet were fast, the leaps were high and the smiles never left their faces. The high-energy numbers were the showstoppers of course; watching their feet fly was something I never tired of, and from the looks on their faces, my fellow audience members were just as riveted as I was.  They honestly blew the roof off the place.

Although the Irish steppers were the dominant force of the show, HEARTBEAT OF HOME also features other styles of dance – Afro-Cuban, Flamenco and Latin – and each sect were also phenom. They were graceful yet gritty, strong yet delicate and they all looked really, really good (those hips don’t lie).

Everyone looked so good I could almost mentally block the digital projections that were constantly moving behind each dance scene – projections that were not nearly as intelligent as the talent ON the actual stage and so seemed out of place and amateur. It’s shocking that anyone thought they were a good idea. I say this with one notable exception, and it is the very cool, very creative all-male dance sequence that integrated the digital backdrop into the dance number so that it actually enhanced the choreography. This was outstanding.

HEARTBEAT FROM HOME‘s claim to fame should be the brilliant talent of it’s performers. They are stunning and I felt privileged to watch such talent. It is almost criminal that the producers tried to dress them up with spectacle.

Go for the dance. You’ll love it.

HEARTBEAT OF HOME is playing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre (244 Victoria St.) until March 2. For tix, click here.

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