Not over Up and Over It!

January 30, 2011

Nearly six million people have watched this — surely you’re among them:

Up and Over It!  Odd name for a dance company (would it be suitable for a synth pop band?).  Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding, veterans of Irish step-dancing megaproductions.

But, did you click over to see their Facebook site, or their regular website?  This dance team takes dance in Ireland well beyond the range of “Riverdance,” and makes it really entertaining.

Acclaimed Irish Dancers Suzanne Cleary & Peter Harding blow the brains out of the Irish Dance show genre in a multi-media extravaganza. This brand new show liberates Irish Dance from its velvet-clad, tin-whistle-blowing, diddly-idleness and drags it kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. Inspired by hip-hop theatre, contemporary dance and electro-pop, Cleary and Harding present their alternative take on the Irish dance show format, asking what’s next for the 90s phenomenon we all loved or loathed?

Have you looked?  A sampler of their work:

Story telling by artists, but in media underused and underappreciated, probably because of the difficulties to work in them:

Most of the time, it’s just good fun to watch.  Isn’t that meaning enough these days?

(Sheesh!  Riverdance was ’90s?  High school kids today won’t remember it.)

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