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When: Sat., Oct. 16 2010

Luna Negra's new artistic director, Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, cuts loose in the world premiere duet he's created for his first season with the company. Not that Toda una Vida ("All My Life") is big or splashy. It's confined and intimate—but so passionate you feel as if you're spying on a couple's private struggles. The piece's close, contorted partnering cycles quickly through support, domination, manipulation, reconciliation, attempted escape, and back again. Ramírez Sansano says Toda una Vida is based on his parents' tempestuous relationship. Yet he's added an element of fantasy: though his mother played a traditional role in the family, he says, "I wanted to see her being a diva." The first and largest chunk is set to Maurice Ravel's Bolero (which Ramírez Sansano describes as "happy, sad, dark, ugly"), the second to a traditional romantic bolero by Los Panchos. The North American premiere of Bate ("Heartbeat"), by Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo, and a revival of Deshár Alhát ("Leave Sunday"), by Luna Negra founder Eduardo Vilaro, complete the program. The annual "Noche de Luna" gala follows at 8:30 PM at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Washington. —Laura Molzahn

Price: $25-$55, gala $300


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