|This is from the program
and show performed at RCMH, New York
From out of Irelandís mythic past
comes Finn McCool, the leader of the Fianna. His story unfolds bringing
forth Diarmuid and Grania, his fellow players in legend.
AT THE COURT OF FINN McCOOL
We join the court of Finn and meet
his household, including Finnís great friend and colleague, Diarmuid, who
is revered as the finest of the Fianna. There is an air of joyful
anticipation among the court as Grania, Finnís betrothed, is soon to make
Grania enters Finnís court for the
first time and meet her future husband. Her solo dance for Finn reflects
her delight with her betrothed and her respect and admiration for him which
is mirrored by his evident affection for her.
In another part of Finnís fortress
home Diarmuid puts the Fianna through its paces in a series of training
exercises. With their commander, Finn, in attendance they display the precision
of their skills and Diarmuid shows why he is regarded as being matchless
amongst his peers.
THE GIFT OF THE BODYGUARDS
As a visible token of his love and
esteem for Grania, Finn presents her with his warrior son, Oisin, and three
other members of his elite military force who are to form her personal
retinue of bodyguards.
THE FEMALE STATE OF MIND
Led by Graniaís friend and confidante,
Deirdru, the women of the court take part in a light-hearted dance which
expresses their delight at Graniaís introduction to the court. Grania acknowledges
the compliment by briefly joining their dance under Finnís watchful and
The off-duty Fianna members join
their womenfolk for a lively and up-beat dance session on the eve of wedding
celebrations that gather momentum with the approach of nightfall.
An encounter with a fiddle player
beguiles Diarmuid into a more relaxed and mellow mood, encouraging him
into dropping his guard and showing the playful and fun-loving side of
MEETING IN A LATE-NIGHT BAR
The arrival of more musicians and
party-goers draws Diarmuid into a late-night bar where amidst an ever more
boisterous and rowdy session of music and dance he is unexpectedly confronted
by another manís bride-to-be.
ON DANGEROUS GROUND
Oblivious to their surroundings
and their companions, Diarmuidís and Graniaís smouldering attraction for
one another catches fire in a sexy and seductive dance. As their
passion threatens to flare over they are drawn back into the company of
their fellow revelers, but with their hearts still racing and with eyes
only for each other.