The name of the lately opened theatre "Bunte Bühne" means not for nothing "coloured stage". Themed "Irish Dance meets Line Dance", on 2 December 2011 two popular dance styles came across each other. And after a closer examination they appeared to have common roots.
During the first part of the programme the "Wild Dancing Boots" from Lübben as well as the seniors' ensemble "Hot Ladies" from Lübbenau presented American Line Dance choreographies to a variety of music styles such as country and western music or the latest hits. We were delighted to hear some Irish classics too, such as "The Irish Rover" or "Dicey Riley". After all there were not a few Irish among the Wild West settlers, who crossed the pond because of the Famine with nothing than their culture in their luggage.
The pleasurable Line Dance animation performed together with the audience revealed the close relations of both dance styles.
After the break it was Erin Circle's turn. We presented the different variations of Irish Dancing: Céilí, softshoe and hardshoe dances. The Erin Circle Folk Band played a couple of tunes along with a slide show created by Matthias Greupner presenting our Ireland holiday pictures.
The host was actor Nico Bobrzik. As Shawn Keogh in the play "The Playboy of the Western World" he bought a one-way ticket to America. Tonight he built bridges between Ireland and the Wild West and invited the audience to a stroll across.
For Rebecca it was the first gig with Erin Circle. And for Frank it was No. 75!
Pictures: Lisa Sperling, Erin Circle, Wild Dancing Boots