In addition to the dancers, “Heartbeat of Home” features a live band. The music is composed to tell the story of a global dance culture, and it moves beyond the sound of traditional Irish music.
“This concept in the story comes first, the music comes second, then you work very closely with the choreographers and reshaping it to make sure that it’s the right rhythm for the dancers,” Doherty said. “Our composer was writing the music in Los Angeles and sending it to us, and the choreographers were listening to it and saying, ‘We need a few more bars here, we need it to be faster, we need a female dancer here.’”
The composer would then adjust the melody to fit the dance.
The show is directed by John McColgan, with the help of two choreographers, David Bulger and John Carey.
“They managed the relationships between the Afro-Cuban, the Irish, the flamenco, the Latin — these people were exploring each others’ rhythms and dance forms, and sharing with each other,” Doherty said.
The show was in rehearsal for 10 weeks, which allowed the dancers to perfect every move.
“Dance and music at this level has to be very precise, and precision takes a long time,” Doherty said.
However, the hard work was worth it when the show opened.
“We’ve had a fantastic reaction to the show,” Doherty said. “We opened it in Dublin, then we took it to Shanghai and Beijing (and had a) fantastic reaction there, and finished six weeks in Toronto, (where we) had standing ovations every night. We’re very much looking forward to going to Boston.”
If You Go
What: “Heartbeat of Home”
Where: Citi Performing Arts Center, Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston
When: Performances daily through April 6, various times.
How much: Tickets cost $35 to $109. To order, call 800-982-2787 or visit www.citicenter.org.