Michael Flatley is an accomplished dancer, flautist, actor, director and producer. He first stepped onto the world stage in 1994 when he created Riverdance, a dance performance that caught the attention of millions around the world. Over the past two decades he has created, directed, produced and starred in several other successful shows including Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames, Celtic Tiger and his latest show Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, which he took to London’s West End and Broadway.
Over the past 20 years his Lord of the Dance show has broken box office records all over the world. In 1998 the show had a record breaking run of 21 consecutive sold-out shows at London’s legendary Wembley Arena. It is a record that still stands to this day. Worldwide video sales are in excess of 12 million copies. He has taken his shows to football stadia in Europe and Asia, performing live to audiences of 120,000. Lord of the Dance was captured in ground breaking 3D at the O2 arenas in Dublin, London, and Berlin and was released in theatres across Europe and the US in 2011.
After a final stage performance at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas in 2016, Michael has turned his focus full-time to his other passions. He is a contemporary artist and his works of abstract expressionism have been lauded by critics as “Striking”. In 2015 his paintings officially became the highest valued artworks sold at auction in Ireland for that year.
His other lifelong creative passion is filmmaking. Michael has written, directed and starred in two short films and just completed his first feature length film, ‘Blackbird’. The romantic spy thriller was written and directed by Michael and he stars alongside Eric Roberts (THE DARK KNIGHT), Patrick Bergin (SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY), and Ian Beattie (GAME OF THRONES).