Who's ready for another episode of OG Troupe Stories?
This time, the focus shifts to Michael Donnellan. Not only was he the first person to perform the challenging "whistle step" sequence in Lord of the Dance, but he reveals a hilarious bit of trivia involving an Independent.ie newspaper and the Victory march that you have to hear to believe.
Playing a bad guy in an Irish dance show isn't easy. They don't teach Evil Hornpipe at school. How do you convincingly portray "evil" through #IrishDance? This is the challenge that both Daire Nolan and Michael Donnellan faced in 1996. Remember, there was no template for them to study; the very idea of using Irish dancing to tell an entire story, with heroes and villains, didn't exist until Michael Flatley invented Lord of the Dance. All Mickey D had to go on was Michael's direction and his own intuition as a performer.
Let's also talk about the Victory march. It may be a surprise to some, but for those of you who have been watching Dancelord TV backstage livestreams for the last year, then you know that according to Lord of the Dance Cathal Keaney, the Victory march is one of the hardest parts of the show. One small misstep can turn the entire formation sequence into a traffic jam. And in this episode of OG Troupe Stories, Michael Donnellan reveals a never-before-known piece of trivia: the Irish Independent is the only newspaper (to our knowledge) to actually appear onstage in a #LordOfTheDance performance!
Join Team Lord OG legends Gillian Norris, James Devine, Denise Flynn, and Michael Donnellan for episode #6 of OG Troupe Stories!
P.S. -- Please let Gillian and Denise know their hair looks fabulous.