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ARTS BRIEFS Lord of the Dance will take the Van Wezel stage on March 12. Contributed photo LORD OF THE DANCE RETURNING TO THE VAN WEZEL Generations of audiences — more than 60 million people from 68 countries — have seen Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley. On March 12, the show will return to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. ers' bodies begins to build against a backdrop of Celtic rhythm," says Flatley in the release. "Fans can expect a vast number of scenes of precision dancing, dramatic music, colorful wardrobes and state-of-the-art staging and Creator and Artistic Director Michael Flatley, lighting." "who added fresh costumes, a visually stimAlong with Dance Director Marie Duffy-Pask, ulating set featuring an LED wall and revised Flatley handpicks the cast of more than 40 lighting and set designs this year, still oversees dancers; each has achieved individual recall aspects of the production," a news release notes. "Lord of the Dance is a classic tale of ognition as a national or worldwide dance good versus evil based on mythical Irish folk- champion, the release notes. "Flatley also lore that brings a romantic and passionate conceptualized and staged the show in a mere 16 weeks but also paid particular attention to love story to stage," the release adds. the costumes, lighting and staging, which are Don Dorcha, Lord of Darkness, challenges the cinematic in scope," the release says. ethereal lord of light, the Lord of the Dance, in the story, the release points out. "Battle lines Tickets are priced from $30 to $65. For more are drawn, passions ignite and a love story fu- information, call the box office at 953-3368 or eled by the dramatic leaps and turns of danc- visit

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