The youngsters in the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance have been winning international awards for their traditional step-dancing for years, but Trinity founder and artistic director Mark Howard can't leave well enough alone. Now he's hired former Bill T. Jones dancer and Stomp performer Sean Curran, who studied step-dancing as a kid, to set a couple of new dances on the professional troupe, the Trinity Irish Dance Company. Curran Event, a Chicago premiere, features 18 dancers and a score that begins with Dublin rock band Kila playing music said to resemble "a mix of reggae and Irish reels"; Curran employs the symmetrical floor patterns of traditional Irish dancing but adds clapping and other percussion to the footwork. Jump Jivin' Jig is a world premiere with music by Chicago composer Stone that showcases two men and four women in a blend of step dance, swing, and disco. Also on the program are Howard's narrative dance The Mollies, about the Molly Maguires, Irish-American coal miners who protested their working conditions; his award-winning The Dawn; and the company's traditional crowd pleaser Celt Thunder. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress, 312-902-1500, 312-922-2110, ext. 4, for rates on groups of ten or more. Saturday, February 17, 8 PM. $20-$46.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Lois Greenfield.