Celebrate Leap Day with Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC) as they fly across the Auditorium Theatre’s stage! Helmed by founder and Artistic Director Mark Howard and Associate Artistic Director Chelsea Hoy, the company effortlessly “[stretches] the limits of what Irish dance can do aesthetically and rhythmically” (Chicago Tribune). The program features three world premieres, including American Traffic, a piece co-commissioned by the Auditorium and choreographed by tap dancer and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Michelle Dorrance and tap dancer and choreographer Melinda Sullivan; Home, choreographed by Howard and Hoy; and Listen by Colin Dunne, a leading figure in the world of traditional Irish dance who also incorporates contemporary styles into his work. The program also includes many of Howard’s critically-acclaimed classic pieces and the Chicago premiere of Seán Curran’s Goddess.
American Traffic is co-commissioned by the Auditorium Theatre with sponsorship support from PAMELA CRUTCHFIELD.
On the Program
Trinity Irish Dance Company returns with three world premieres and critically-acclaimed classics!
Listen by Colin Dunne
Choreographed by Ireland-based Colin Dunne, a leading figure in the world of traditional Irish dance who has made the cross over into contemporary dance and theatre, Listen is a deconstruction of Irish Dance. Through rhythmic complexities and silences alike, Dunne strips the form to its core, paying homage to the ancestors in order to move the medium forward. Considered by most in the industry to be the best Irish dancer to have ever lived, Dunne is often referred to as the Baryshnikov of the Irish form.
A New Dawn by Mark Howard
At the dawn of May, a platoon of tall, beautiful women landed on Irish shores. Warriors all...they had come from Spain.
Black Rose by Mark Howard
A commanding full ensemble piece that begins with a whisper and ends with a scream. A 120-year-old Irish Lambeg drum centers the dance, surrounded by the company drumming the floor with short sticks.
Home by Mark Howard and Chelsea Hoy
Following last year's world premiere of An Sorcas, Mark Howard and Chelsea Hoy join again for their newest work, Home. The work is inspired by the ways "home" can be found in unexpected places, bringing musicians and dancers together on stage to engage in a percussive tour-de-fource conversation where each dancer brings something to the table.
Johnny by Mark Howard
One of Howard's signature works that altered the landscape of Irish dance. Created for and premiered by TIDC on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson at NBC Studios in Burbank, CA on March 15, 1991.
Goddess by Sean Curran
Choreographed by Bessie award-winner and longtime TIDC collaborator Sean Curran, Goddess presents a fusion of Irish and Indian movement. Fluid in its musicality and elegeant in its patterns of color, Goddess is a hypnotic blend of forms.
Soles by Mark Howard
A tribal and timeless rhythmic study. “When the soles of your shoes have worn off, you’re back on your feet again.” – Michael Howard, father of Founding Artistic Director Mark Howard
Push by Mark Howard
Trinity sends a clear message of female empowerment as women go toe to toe with their male counterparts in an explosion of intricate rhythms.
American Traffic by Michelle Dorrance and Melinda Sullivan
WORLD PREMIERE COMMISSIONED BY THE AUDITORIUM THEATRE
Choreographed by acclaimed tap dancer, choreographer, and MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient Michelle Dorrance and celebrated collaborator Melinda Sullivan, American Traffic is a hybrid of Irish step and American tap that celebrates the nuanced differences and historical connections between the percussive dance forms.
An Sorcas (The Circus) by Mark Howard and Chelsea Hoy
An examination of the battle between substance and spectacle.