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Follow Your Dream, Day #436: First-Person Cry of the Celts

How would you like to see what Cry of the Celts looks like *onstage?*

We put a camera on "Pops" Connor Smyth so that you can see what Lord of the Dance's famous opening number, Cry of the Celts -- known internally to the troupe as "Run On" -- looks like from the dancer's point of view.

Remember how jaw-dropping it was the first time we showed you a dancer POV video last year? These aren't just cameras onstage; these are cameras *on the dancers themselves* while they're performing. And for those of you who were watching Dancelord TV last year, you got to see it streamed *live.* It's like #IrishDance viewed through the lens of Red Bull TV, and you really do gain a new appreciation for just how high-octane and *fast* these numbers are.

For a quarter of a century, there have only been two filmmaking methods applied to #IrishDancing as a performance art: standard commercial multi-camera shoots, or low-budget single-camera shoots (including audience bootlegs). We're introducing a third method -- the dancer cam -- and demonstrating how powerful it can be for an audience when intercut with traditional big-budget multi-camera shoots. Cinematically, it's as massive a difference as seeing everything through a Steadicam versus going handheld for an action scene -- and this is doubly true for a stage drama, because it really is the ultimate fourth-wall break; you as the audience are now *inside* the show, experiencing it as it's performed. You are the dancer, and the experience is turned inside-out.

This matters to the genre. Irish dancing has evolved exponentially in the quarter century since Michael Flatley threw the rule book away and flung the doors open for creativity -- but the filmmaking techniques for presenting it to an audience basically haven't changed in all that time. We're in the age of the internet, and how a product is visually presented to an audience must evolve just as much as the product itself. It's the difference between depicting a stage show audiovisually as a stage show, versus as an experience unto itself. As always, #LordOfTheDance is leading the way.

Planet Ireland arises: 2021.


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