Proposed Riverdance theatre could help to reduce crime rates
The team behind Riverdance want to build their own theatre in Dublin to create jobs and help reduce crime rates.
The show has been a global success since first being performed as an interval act during Eurovision in 1994.
It has been a constant fixture in Dublin, and now the show’s producers want their own theatre built so that they have a permanent home in the capital.
It is hoped that the project would create job opportunities for local people, and reduce crime rates.
Riverdance hope to get support from the North East Inner City Task Force, which was set up in 2016 to tackle the violent crime in the city.
Dublin has seen a rise in violent crime in recent years, so much so that the taskforce was set up to tackle the issue.
A report by Kieran Mulvey suggested that increased opportunities in sport and the arts would be beneficial to the area and could improve “social cohesion”.
For the past three years Riverdance has ran a summer school in Trinity College. Young dancers are taught choreography by former Riverdance performers, and those who show the most promise are invited to audition for the show that tours worldwide.
Riverdance has been seen by more than 25million people in various countries since it was first performed at Eurovision.
The show runs at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin each year. It is hoped that the new building can become a base for both of the production’s projects in the city.
The building would also serve as a location to share the story of Riverdance dance with tourists.
Riverdance memorabilia would be on display to the public, as well as interactive displays, a coffee shop and merchandising space.
Riverdance said a new theatre would provide jobs and training for the community and would also become “a catalyst” for new businesses.