Two Spanish choreographers fill the Luna Negra Spring program with passionate dancing and theatrical sets: Fernando Hernando Magadan, who treated us to his elegant, athletic and highly articulate “Naked Ape” two years ago, and company member Monica Cervantes, one of this year’s “Top 25 to Watch” in Dance Magazine. Magadan’s new work, “Royal Road,” is informed by the tension between improvisation and notation in art; the San Francisco-based Turtle Island Quartet performs two pieces, composed by the Quartet’s violinist David Balakrishnan, live with the dancers, amidst a set bedecked with musical scores and Labanotation—a system of movement notation created in the 1920s by Rudolf Laban. Cervantes’ new piece for six dancers is entitled “Presenté” and inspired by her grandfather and notions of time and the present moment. Her set design includes white floor panels that lead to a draining hourglass. Happily, “Naked Ape” will also be reprised. As always, this brilliant company performs one night only, so consider your Saturday plans made. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, (312)334-7777. Saturday, March 9 at 8pm. $25-$65.