Luna Negra Dance Theater
isnt really new to Cleveland. The Chicago company performed here three years ago, but artistic director Eduardo Vilaro calls tonights performance at Playhouse Square an introduction to the troupe<\!s>.<\!s>.<\!s>. and to contemporary Latin dance. We try to speak a little more to the future, he says. We dont want to be a reflection of the past or some stereotype. I want people to see that weve fused and weve expanded. For Luna Negra, that means no flamenco, tango, or salsa -- at least not in their purest forms. When the traditional dances turn up, expect to see them integrated with classical ballet, modern dance, and Afro-Caribbean styles. Theres so much great stuff out there, says Vilaro. And its just beautiful.
Sat., Feb. 3, 8 p.m.