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LUNA NEGRA DANCE THEATER
Spain, the home of tapas, Penélope Cruz, and that tomato-throwing festival, also gave us Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Luna Negra’s artistic director and the choreographer of the company’s first full-length production. Carmen.maquia takes inspiration from Georges Bizet’s Carmen and Pablo Picasso—two other cultural icons that still reign in Spain.
3/24 Picasso, Carmen, and bullfighting may be well-frayed Iberian clichés, but LNDT’s artistic director, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, mines ritual slaughter, crimes of passion, and Picasso’s violent views of sexuality in the highly original Carmen.maquia (a riff on tauromaquia, or “art of bullfighting”), the troupe’s first full-length dance drama. At 8. $25–$65. Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph. harristheaterchicago.org.
Photograph: Cheryl Mann