It might be cold outside, but it’s time for some hot dancing this
weekend at the Aronoff Center’s Jarson-Kaplan Theater: Luna Negra Dance Theater
of Chicago. Offering more than simply entertainment, Luna Negra examines the
human condition as it celebrates the richness and diversity of Latino culture.
Presented as part of Contemporary Dance Theater’s Guest Artist Series, the
acclaimed company will present a diverse trio of works for its first-ever
Cincinnati performances. The playfully titled “Flabbergast,” choreographed by
Artistic Director Gustavo Ramírez Sansano,
presents a lighthearted take on experiencing life within a new culture,
stereotypes and all. Created by Spanish choreographer/dancer Fernando Hernando
Magadan, “Naked Ape” explores and contrasts relationships between people and
technology, what’s real and what isn’t: “How we feel and how we feel in our
world, surrounded by technology, by all this artificial environment we have
created around us,” Magadan says in a video clip shot during the making of the
piece early last year.