The Joyce Theater celebrated St. Patrick's Day with a riveting and rhythmic run by the midwestern Trinity Irish Dance Company. The company, under the direction of founding artistic director Mark Howard, claims to be the birthplace of “progressive Irish dance,” a genre which uses traditional Irish step dance in contemporary choreographies alongside both traditional and contemporary music. The company presented a number of short pieces, mainly by Howard, as well as one new commission by tap stars Michelle Dorrance and Melinda Sullivan.
Trinity Irish Dance Company. Photograph by Lois Greenfield
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading