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Follow Your Dream, Day #591: Catriona

It's #ThrowbackThursday, and you know what that means: time to crack open the vault for some more ultra-rare footage!

The 300th performance of Michael Flatley's #LordOfTheDance took place during the show's record-setting 21-night sellout run at Wembley in 1998. This is never-before-seen performance footage from that night, featuring Catriona Hale as Morrighan the Temptress.

Footage like this is incredibly rare. Because Lord of the Dance came out in the mid to late nineties -- essentially a decade before social media existed, and long before we all had HD camcorders in our pockets -- there's practically no bootleg footage of the show from the classic OG Troupe era.

But we do have the vault.

And from that vault in an undisclosed location, we have a treasure trove of never-before-seen content -- especially from that golden age of the show's original run.

So now, for the first time ever, you get to see OG Troupe dance captain Catriona Hale (now Catriona Bucke) performing the lead role of Morrighan the Temptress in the iconic expository dance number, Gypsy.

This is a big deal. Unless you saw the show live back in the 90s, most people have only seen the legendary Gillian Norris from that era as Morrighan. Some fans might have also seen Kelly Hendry as Morrighan in a rare televised performance that was uploaded to YouTube. But to our knowledge there has never before been any publicly available footage of Catriona as Morrighan.

That changes now.

This is a grainy VHS transfer, and the audio was so degraded that we had to rebuild it from the 1996 video release, but you can *see* this amazing performance -- and for those of you who never saw the show live, who have only seen the videos from '96 and '98, this is a completely new take on Morrighan.

The tapestry of stories that makes up the saga of Team Lord is a truly amazing thing to behold. This is a billion-dollar dance show created by a man who put Ireland on the map at a level no one could have imagined. And for the thousands of people who have been a part of that journey over the last twenty-five years of standing ovations, it is an experience like no other.

Planet Ireland arises: 2021.


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