The fiery all-female Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba returns to Chicago with a sampling of Cuban sabor—a little flamenco, a little Afro-Cuban, a little tango, a little ballet and contemporary dance—all performed with Rockette-like precision and showmanship. Quite literally: they take the stage as a kickline, setting an amped-up tone for two high-energy performances. Six musicians provide live accompaniment of heel-dropping, torso-rolling Afro-Cuban beats on congo and cajon; intricate strains of lush Spanish guitar accompany lyrical numbers. The massive company gets lots of costume changes: flaming red dresses with matching fans or white blouses with black pants or hip huggers with bared abdomens and long staffs, shifting through formations while stomping out clean, accelerating syncopations, their heads snapping right and left in perfect unison. It’s high-energy entertainment for all. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress, (800)982-2787. October 28 at 7:30pm and October 29 at 8pm. $30-69.