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.
He seeks to contrast this with choreography’s warm physicality. A new piece from company dancer and Rehearsal Director Mónica Cervantes rounds out the program. Expect to see dancing that’s kinetic but expressive, sensual and fluid, yet idiosyncratic—all driven by plenty of emotion. Warm up with this heady cocktail of contemporary dance spiked with Latin and Afro-Caribbean dance forms. 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $20-$30.