Opening night in Austria was an amazing success! If you caught the backstage livestream last night on Dancelord TV (twitch.tv/lordofthedance), you got to see some new cast members, including Ellie-Mae, Casey, and Sarah Louise (who's also our new vocalist!), a new version of Robojig, and the long-awaited return of the pyro to the show.
We also shot some behind-the-scenes footage of our pre-show workouts, which we'll be editing and releasing later. Pictures from those workouts are attached to this journal entry. Suffice it to say: Lord of the Dance takes no prisoners. An incredibly high level of physical conditioning is required just to qualify for -- and survive -- Lord of the Dance (especially when performing at altitude, as we recently did in Mexico), and our senior dance captain and fitness specialist, Zoltan Papp, is an absolute beast when it comes to physical fitness. Zoltan's older than I am (I'm pushing 40 here), but he moves with energy and precision that puts people half his age to shame.
The simple truth is this: there is no dance troupe in better physical condition than Lord of the Dance. They play hard, yes; and they *work* hard, too. This is a show that's always going to have a chip on its shoulder -- and that's what makes it so electrifying and dangerous. Because Lord of the Dance isn't a polite evening of ivory-tower theatre; Lord of the Dance is loud, brash, hardcore, in-your-face extreme Irish dancing that shouts emotions at your brain in big, bold primary colors. It's a rock concert fused with a dance show. With explosions.
God, I love the explosions.
There was a certain giddiness to last night's show that was fantastic. The crowd was electric. The dancers were, in Michael's words, "Cut, ripped, and ready." After surviving everything imaginable during the last tour -- a pandemic outbreak, hospital trips, rerouted flights, border closures, tabloid stories, high altitude, a volcano eruption, and more -- Team Lord emerged even tougher than before, hitting that stage last night like a nuclear explosion.
Today we're starting the pre-show live stream at about 3pm local time (2pm UK) until roughly 5:30pm, and then the main backstage stream at about 7pm local time (6pm UK) until the end of the show around 10pm. Tune in and chat with Team Lord today LIVE as we go into tonight's performance!