Several Flamenco, Irish and Russian dancers, singers and drummers from Riverdance: On Broadway performed in the lobby of the United Nations on April 26 to draw media attention to the opening of a “heart wrenching” photo exhibit marking the 15th Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster.
There were two U.N. appearances by separate members of the cast. A morning appearance on Fox’s “Good Day New York” featured Pat Roddy and members of the show’s Irish Dance Troupe as well as Flamenco dancer Rosa Manzano Jimenez doing Riverdance’s “Thunderstorm” and “Firedance.”
Later, a group comprising Eileen Martin and members of the Irish Dance Troupe, the Riverdance Singers and Riverdance Drummers as well as the Moscow Folk Ballet Company (now in Riverdance) performed “Ri Rá” at the exhibit opening. Grammy-winning Riverdance composer Bill Whelan was also on hand.
As reported, the Irish-based Chernobyl Children’s Project produced the U.N. exhibit of photographs, sculpture, paintings and film that “tell the stories of people living in the world’s most radioactive environment.”
The Chernobyl Children’s Project, founded by Adi Roche, a one-time Presidential candidate in Ireland, has helped many of the victims -- a group comprising Chernobyl’s children and even their kids, the next generation of Chernobyl children. Many have found comfort in Ireland after experiencing the devastating--and often terminal -- effects of exposure to radioactive material. The public exhibit, "Black Wind/White Land -- Living with Chernobyl," runs through May 27.