Of course, "Flatley" is not exactly the ideal name for a dancer, but I think Michael is really pushing the irony envelope with this title: "Feet of Flames" One really can't resist recommending Desenex Foot Spray to the retiring (and clearly, ailing) Flatley.
I might add that, much like that cheering London crowd, I too am enthusiastic about this being his last live performance.
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One of the best dance shows I've ever witnessed.
John Rossi | Somers Point, NJ United States | 07/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'll try my best to do this production as much justice as I can. This performance, titled "Feet Of Flames" is billed as Michael Flatley's last performance in the role of the "Lord Of The Dance" and I think he does an excellent job here! It is a fitting send-off, very grand and epic in scope and scale. I did get to see the original Lord Of The Dance show live on stage in Philadelphia in 1997 and was totally blown away by the experience. The dancing, the beautiful music and the celestial and haunting singing of Anne Buckley remain in my heart to this very day. There is just something about hearing that music live and feeling the vibrations course through your body with every step the dancers make. It gives new meaning to the saying that you just HAVE to be there. There is NOTHING like the energy of a live stage dancing performance. Particularly not one like this one, with sure fire and energy and passion.
Do not be fooled into thinking that is is just an out-of doors version of the original Lord Of The Dance show. It IS in a sense, and yet in many ways it is not. This show takes the original Lord Of The Dance production and kicks it into high gear. All of the original music and dances are back, but the dance routines look different a bit and more elaborate. They are longer and feature quite a bitof more complicated step work and more character interaction. There are also many new dances and more original musical pieces that make this a totally new experience.
I loved the fact that Bernadette Flynn (the "good" girl in the show) got to do her own solo dance in the middle of this. It really gave her a chance to shine. The new numbers played by the dueling violinists were lively and lovely at the same time. The costumes and sets for this show were much bigger and elaborate than those for the original show. I would EASILY say that for me, the combination of old music and new numbers with more elaborate and totally new dance sequences was wonderful to watch. It made certain that I did not feel I was watching "the same old show" done over again. There were just so many new things to see and to hear and to take in. I loved Michael Flatley's solo flute performance near the beginning of act two. Very lovely stuff. I must say though that for me the highlight was another chance to hear Anne Buckley sing. What a GOLDEN voice. So beautiful and tender, yet rich and deep and passionate. The three songs she did here were even better to me than the ones she sang in the original Lord Of The Dance show. Her version of "Marble Halls" to me was even better than Enya's rendition, which I had previously loved. Ms. Buckley introduced me to the haunting love ballad "Carrickfergus" that had me reaching for my Kleenex even as I was wide-eyed and smiling from ear to ear. And the Gaelic piece she did (An Maigdean Mhara, if my memory serves correctly) was so beautiful that mere seconds after Ms. Buckley began to sing this number, my floodgates FLEW open and did not close for the full 3+ minutes of this song. Also I loved the fact that in this show instead of having just the green hooded cape for all three of her numbers, this time Anne got to wear three diffferent and very beautiful dresses, one for each song that she did (green, white, and gold). Exquisite costumes to fit with a stunning voice and an incredible beauty with great stage prescence. I for one cannot wait for her solo debut album.
In short, this was an unforgettable experience. I have loved Celtic music and dance for years now and this performance only made my fires burn all the hotter with enthusiasm. The music, the dancing, the lighting, the story of a noble warrior saving his land from a dark knight's conquest...they combined to take my breath away and give me one of the greatest entertainment experiences of my life. If you get to see this I hope you get to enjoy it and even love it as much as I did. I still love this show today, more than two years after I got to see it, and I know I always will. Peace."
An entertaining embellishment of Lord of the Dance
John A. Kuczma | Marietta, GA USA | 12/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It appears that, at least for the moment, Michael Flatley has found a niche that he is comfortable with and that he intends to carve ever deeper. He accomplishes that purpose handsomely with Feet of Flames. Much of the material in this show is taken directly from Lord of the Dance, but there are a number of impressive additions, including a spectacular combat dancing sequence near the end. Feet of Flames maintains the Celtic slant established by its predecessor and is powerfully performed by a dynamic group of dancers, spearheaded by Flatley's magnificent work.The video itself is far superior to Lord of the Dance in that the constant cut-aways and angle changes have been largely done away with. The production quality is superb and the music breathtaking, particularly in surround sound or with a sub-woofer. As with Lord of the Dance, there is a raw, sensual feel to Feet of Flames that adds to the inherent excitement of Irish Dance. Flatley's flamboyant interpretations and variations on classic moves add to the visual impact.From start to finish, this is an outstanding entertainment event."
John Rossi | 12/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A breath taking show. Music, happiness and dance are the motives. Michal Flatley is a true genius and he put together an incredible performance. I could never get tired of it."
Brilliant and breathtaking.
John Rossi | 11/25/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The scope of this show alone, the largest stage show ever produced, was awesome, and with nearly 100 dancers! I enjoy Lord of the Dance immensely, but this version literally had me gasping for breath. Several new numbers that have been added are amazing. "Dun" as the Druids, the "Flute Jam" with Michael and the musicians, Anne Buckley's new songs, with "Carrickfergus" and "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls" as standouts, and of course Michael's own solo, Feet of Flames. Bernadette Flynn's solo, "Dance of Love" is haunting, full of grace and beauty. And Flatley playing the flute for it, backed by the National Orchestra is magical. His own flute solo was touching, and his own reaction on this, his last night with LOTD, was very moving. In another new number, "Dance above the Rainbow", the joy and excitement from the dancers is able to be felt throughout, as it practically jumps off the TV screen at you. This was a show that was being so obviously enjoyed by the dancers themselves, that it's joy is contagious. Each of the stars of the show have matured so much since the original, that it was astounding seeing that they had improved even beyond the perfection of the first show. The cameras did their best to show the faces of individual dancers who are in the troupes of LOTD, but the show is so huge that it was very difficult. A stand out performance by Daire Nolan as the Dark Lord, with a shocking, lightning fast duel with the Lord of the Dance, (with a surprise in it) had us on the edge of our seats. These men were working within inches of each others faces with flying high kicks delivered at high speed. Gillian Norris' temptress was sultry and sexy, even more than the original show. Michael Flatley himself seemed to relax more with this show....it must have been very emotional for him. He is looser, and just seems to be having fun (and heartache) with his last performance as the lead. The entire cast of this show are all truly amazing talents in their own rights, and Michael has left the show in good hands. Overall, the editing was much better than the original tape, although audience shots during the performance are not appreciated. However, there were not too many of those. The slow motion on the leaps and kicks, however, I did not like. I bought this video to see Michael Flatley and Troupes at work, not to see fancy camera tricks. Still, there were only a few of those, however, at critical times. Overall, however, the filming and editing, for a show of this magnitude was well done and I do not hesitate to give it 5 stars. It is pure magic and joy and delight. A must have."
Great video; exciting, beautiful, vibrant and sexy.
John Rossi | 11/25/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Michael Flatley's Feet of Flames is magnificient. This was Michael's last performance of his "Lord of the Dance" show. It was filmed live at Hyde Park in London in front of an audience of over 30,000. Although it includes all of the dances in the original, it takes it several steps further. There are 6 entirely new pieces in this video. Most of the orginal pieces have been reworked or expanded to accomodate over 100 dancers (spectacular). New songs have been added. The costumes have been changed. However, the most significant change is in the editing. This video is for those people who were frustrated by all the quick cut aways in the original "Lord of the Dance" video. Although it is not filmed in the quick flash MTV syle, it has an excitment to it that keeps your heart pounding throughout. The six entirely new pieces are: 1. A new Siamsa style dance. It is a quick lively ensemble piece, guaranteed to get every foot tapping. 2. A Gregorian chant syle piece sung by some very eerie monks (actually a choir called Dun). This one is a little strange but it grows on you. It is later incorporated in a ancient celtic "rumble" and is very effective. 3. A flute solo by Michael Flatley. Hauntingly beautiful, I think this is Michael's kiss goodbye to his audience. It's amazing the feeling of intimacy and love you can sense between this man and his audience, even on a video. 4. A breathtaking hardshoe solo, by the female lead Bernadette Flynn. This one is incredibly beautiful. The costume, the music, the grace, the beauty, just gorgeous. 5. The violin players, the band and Michael Flatley on flute in piece that I believe is called "Celtic Fire". Lots of life, lots of fun. 6. The piece that gives the video its name Michael Flatley's Feet of Flames. This is Michael's dance solo. There is no music just him and his incredible talent. I can't describe it, you just have to see. Even after you see it you won't believe that any human being can do what you just saw him do. The rest would be a review of "Lord of the Dance" but kicked up quite a few notches and filmed in a much more pleasing style. I think the word "masterpiece" is a pretty apt description."