Irish dance group ProdiJIG take on Vivaldi in new video

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Watch the electrifying performance of these Irish dancers on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Modern Irish dance company ProdiJIG, founded by Alan Kenefick, brings Irish dancing to the music of Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’.

The video has gone viral on Facebook with over 2 million views to date.

According to the Facebook post, the video is “part of the film ‘Dear Fingal’ which was created and directed by David Gilna. Shot and edited by Louis Maxwell. Funded by Creative Ireland, supported by Fingal County Council and filmed on site at Castle of Swords.”

According to ClassicFM, the mesmerizing dance performance was filmed at Swords Castle, an early medieval castle in Swords, Dublin, built in 1200 AD.

“The tiles are good so don’t worry,” the dancers wrote, just in case viewers were concerned about the castle’s elaborate medieval floor.

The music is played by the Vivaldi Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Italian composer Vivaldi, known as the “red priest” for his red hair, created The Four Seasons around 1718-1720. Each of the four violin concertos gives musical expression to one of the four seasons of the year. It is one of the most famous works of classical music.

ProdiJIG aims to redefine traditional Irish dancing with a contemporary style of performance.

Kenefick, a world champion Irish dancer from Cork, founded the dance troupe after quitting his role as lead dancer in Riverdance, according to the Irish Examiner.

The band, who won UK talent show Got to Dance in 2012, launched their touring show “Footstorm” in 2013.

“ProdiJIG: The Revolution”, which “celebrates the spirit of creativity and freedom through the themes of riot and revolution”, opened at Cork Opera House in 2016.

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