Chicago’s own Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC) will bring its unique form of progressive Irish dance to the Auditorium Theatre on February 2 for its first full-length Chicago performance in over a decade. Called “sophisticated and commanding” by the Los Angeles Times and “impossibly complex” by The New York Times, the company of elite performing artists from across North America (including five dancers from Chicago) presents both classic and groundbreaking world premiere works at the National Historic Landmark theater. 

“Trinity Irish Dance Company is a uniquely powerful Chicago institution, and we are excited to bring the company back to the city and to our historic stage for this special ‘Made in Chicago’ 312 Dance Series performance,” says C.J. Dillon, Auditorium Theatre chief programming officer. 

“TIDC elevates the form through our own distinct vocabulary and is driven by the capacity of dance to change lives,” notes Mark Howard, founder and artistic director of TIDC. “The company is grateful to have the opportunity to do so at home.”

TIDC’s one-night-only performance at the Auditorium features the world premiere of An Sorcas (Gaelic for “the circus”), a collaboration between Howard, associate artistic director and company member Chelsea Hoy, and company member Michael Gardiner. An Sorcas examines the battle between substance and spectacle and is TIDC’s most ambitious piece to date. The company will also give the world premiere to Howard’s Drunken Sailor, which features world solo champions Paige Turilli (who has won more solo world titles than any other Irish dancer in United States history) and Ali Doughty. Other works on the program include Howard’s Push, an explosion of hard-driving percussive power that exemplifies the company’s consistent message of female empowerment; Howard and Sandy Silva’s Communion, a blend of Irish dance and body percussion; and Johnny, created for late-night TV host Johnny Carson by Howard, who was a regular guest on Carson’s Tonight Show

​The performance takes place, Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. Visit or call 312.341.2399 for tickets or to learn more.

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Chicago's Trinity Irish Dancers (photo by Lois Greenfeld).

Trinity Irish Dancers Returning to Auditorium Theatre Following Ten-Year Absence