In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the MAC offers a special, streamed performance of The National Dance Company of Ireland’s “Rhythm of the Dance” available for streaming beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 13 and continuing through Wednesday, March 17. The richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient, combining the traditional music with modern forms of Irish step dancing and song while showcasing a wealth of Irish talent, including World and Irish Champion dancers and some of the finest musicians and singers.
The 90-minute performance was shot in February 2020 during the European tour of “Rhythm of the Dance.” The performance was recorded in a six-camera shoot by Ukrainian TV at the Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet in front of a live audience. “Rhythm of the Dance,” previously seen at the MAC in 2015, has been touring the world for 22 years This makes it one of the longest-running Irish dance show in the world. It has been seen by more than 7 million across 50 countries. In China it performed at the Earth Dome stage, before an audience of 50,000 and was beamed to 750 million viewers on syndicated Chinese National TV. In Moscow’s Crocus City Hall, it attracted 6,000 and in Greece, 5,000 fans at the 2,500-year-old Acropolis in Athens.
The McAninch Arts Center presents a streamed pre-recorded performance of “Rhythm of the Dance,” beginning Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m., then on demand through Wednesday, March 17. Tickets are $25 per household (+ $3.75 service fee). Link to tickets and more information is available at www.AtTheMAC.org or by calling the MAC box office at 630.942.4000. The MAC Box office is open remotely Monday – Saturday, 12 noon – 5 p.m.
The MAC encourages everyone enjoying “Rhythm of the Dance” to consider making a donation to support the MAC’s ongoing ability to continue to provide fun, creative and thought-provoking programming. For more information visit www.AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000.
About the MAC
The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage is located at 425 Fawell Ave., 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355. It houses three indoor performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 236-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), the outdoor Lakeside Pavilion, plus the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 100,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.
The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. Visit www.AtTheMAC.org or www.facebook.com/AtTheMAC for more information.
The MAC’s 2020-2021 Season is made possible in part with support by DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle/Naperville, WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.
Established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit www.foundation.cod.edu or call 630.942.2462. Programs at the MAC are partially supported through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.