Even when early man lived in a primitive world, there was music and dance that told stories of life -- both good and bad.
It's that ideal that Riverdance brings to the stage in a celebration of thunderous Irish music and dance.
The exhibition makes a stop in the Tri-Cities on March 29 at Toyota Center in Kennewick, but there's nary a ticket left to buy. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Though other Toyota Center events have seen near sellouts, none have surpassed Riverdance.
"We are 100 percent sold out," said Jude Strode, marketing coordinator for the Toyota Center. "Not even a single ticket is available (as) the building, promoter and show have released any holds they have, so no new tickets will miraculously appear."
Strode attributes the success of the show to the new digs in the Windermere Theater setting.
"More and more people are discovering how well this set plays to the audience," she said. "Taking it from a 4,000-plus seat concert to a 2,100-seat theater set has made it a much better Broadway experience.
"Each year the community has stepped up and purchased more tickets allowing us to bring in bigger and better shows."
Riverdance originated in 1994 and is rooted in traditional high stepping Irish dance and music with baroque influence.
In essence, it began as the story of the Irish culture and of the Irish immigration to America. Then dancer Michael Flately left the show because of reported creative differences with producers.
Flately went on to create, choreograph and produce another Irish dance production called Lord of the Dance. That production performed at the Toyota Center in 2004.
This will be the first time Riverdance has come to the Tri-Cities.
The show is directed by John McColgan, produced by Moya Doherty, with music composed by Bill Whelan.
"Since 1996, the success of Riverdance in North America has gone beyond our wildest dreams," said Doherty in a news release. "The fact the show continues to draw and excite audiences 13 years after its debut in Dublin is a tribute to every dancers, singer, musicians, staff and crew member who dedicated themselves to the show."
And though there have been imitators of the high energy, foot stomping Irish dance production, none has surpassed in popularity to the original.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org