I and the misses received a pair of tickets to "Riverdance" as a Christmas present. We attended the afternoon performance in Grand Prairie on Saturday. The horror of the experience is just now diminished enough so that I can begin to withdraw the defensive mental block safeguarding my psyche.
Waterboarding cannot be more tortuous. At the close of the show all the hetero men appeared to have been cast into a zombie trance, each with the same silent expression of utter disbelief and horror, as if rendered paralytic in the face of some unspeakable terror.
We need to start a support network immediately to help provide excuses and alibis for each other to put a stop to this injustice.
You think that's bad? I'm Scotch-Irish and come from the Great Southern Appalachians. There's a bastardization of the Irish dance that's even more disturbing than the Riverdancing. Being from the Great Smokey Mountains, there are Germans, Irish, Scottish, Cherokee, among others. Sometime way back when, before the War of Northern Aggression, these groups of people had to live together, and work together, so they also mixed cultures. Wonderful things came from this mixture, Moonshine, Mountain Music, Hunting, Trapping, and all kinds of great things. One thing that came from that mixture has scarred me for life. Count yourself lucky Blake, you were exposed to a watered down, commercial version of rhythmic toe tapping, that had an end after an hour or so. Imagine being exposed your entire childhood to CLOGGING! I absolutely LOVE the music, L O V E it. Clogging is from the devil.
And why is it that clogging, an activity fraught with apparent vigor, perpetrated by some of the fattest and ugliest girls and boys? It's as though someone tried to combine seizures, child onset diabetes, and acute lead poisoning and put it to music.
We have a bluegrass festival in Franklin every year, and like moths to flame the cloggers appear. The ONLY highlight is the fact that on rare occasion there will be a halfway attractive lady with size DD boobs.
Man, that must have been horrible. I refuse to go to any musicals or plays, and my wife quit asking because I laugh and embarrass her. My son wised up and threw a fit when she wanted him to go to the Nucracker. The girls went alone and had a great time.
Many cultures have Clog dancing or versions of it, the north of England is a hotbed of clogging.
Breton culture as well, in fact Madame G married me wearing traditional dress & clogs.
As far as I've been able to establish, the Breton version, & I'm guessing others as well, came about by the need to compact the earth floors in the cottages & houses. The idea being, you invite all your friends & neighbours round to have a good drink up & a musical stamp around.
As for "Riverdance" & "Lord of the Dance" & all those, there should be a special hell reserved for Michael Flatley & his ilk, for inflicting such excrescenses on us in the name of culture.
I would happen to agree with you as far as Riverdance is concerned. You can throw Jesus Christ Superstar on that pile as well IMO.
However not all theater and musicals are bad. Chicago and Phantom are downright awesome and as far as plays go most Neil Simon plays are funny as hell. Oh and if you get a chance to see Blueman Group that's fun as well
+1, Blake- just check your local free weekly paper, for your best interests, don't bother with the content, just go for the calendar listings...
This Friday "The Aluminum Show" is coming to the brand-new Clayton Center for the Arts- I could walk there from home- can't go due to work and the GF's bowling nite... crap! Pretty sure this will be a good one...
Saw "Stomp" in the early days, awsuum...
Once saw The Bobs in performance, working with a GREAT modern dance group, Momix I think...
I don't care much for that Riverdance crap- although, when I saw them, there were a good number of fun girls dancing to look at...
Clogging and its similar dances are interesting, given proper context- and the music is reliably interesting.
Please, please don't speak of clogging. When I was but a small child I went to a major mid-western clogging event. Being only a small child and not understanding, I tried to climb upon the stage and was immediately knocked down and my genitalia was clogged upon. That incident forced me to ride 49cc DUI scooters until I was 54 and was finally able to buy my first Buell. Clogging forced a tragic waste of my young life.
If we're talking excruciatingly painful experiences, you must include CATS in this category.
One of the most inane and pointless productions to ever hit the American stage. I was told, by a veteran CATS show-goer, that the second half will get better. It did not, it just became more incoherent and ludicrous.
After the show, I had to resist the urge to run to the nearest alley and kick every cat I could find.
Hey, clogging is not that bad. Certainly more down to earth and it gave the kids a chance to touch each other in a clean and wholesome manner. There was plenty of time for more un-wholesome stuff later...
I saw in person the legendary Bill Monroe do some clogging during one of his shows. The old guy still had the spunk.
Hey, clogging is not that bad. Obviously said by someone far removed from the situation. From afar it looks how you described it. From the inside it's more of a way to be "fixed up" with that girl across the holler, you know, the one with the lazy eye, and crooked neck, NOT the pretty girls from Little Switzerland, NO not them!
I couldn't imagine my insignificant other even asking me to do anything I wouldn't enjoy. She does her thing and I do mine. It has worked for 26 or 27 years now. Who would want to pressure anyone to do something they don't want to do ? Thats just being an A-hole.
Just got back from Riverdance. Great show, I would go again. Dancing is simply amazing. Probably helps that I am a fan of Irish dance and music but that is certainly not required to like Riverdance. Good stuff.
Amazing athletes; these dancers are some of the best in the world at a very difficult sport (most Irish dancing is done in competition not shows) and I do love Irish music of any sort. Great piper in the show too.
Of course the daughter is dancing most every weekend so the family goes to a lot of dance events and most are not near as good as Riverdance.
You all need to go tell Micheal Flatley what a gay boy he is. He'll set you straight
Now, mind you, I was looking for another long lost thread and read this for the first time... it is really funny stuff !
However, I think I have you beat... I thought this was a Wisconsin thing, when to my surprise and horror I was walking along before the Mardi Gras parade in Mandeville, Louisianna to find a crowd of cajuns doing...
NONE OTHER THAN THE DREADED CHICKEN DANCE !!! I almost pissed myself... Then I got out of there as quickly as possible...