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Luna Niños Returns this Weekend

Posted on November 27th, 2012 by

Moniquilla - Kirsten Shelton, Eduardo Zuniga, Monica Cervantes; photo by Jonathan Mackoff

Luna Negra Dance Theater continues its family-oriented winter series, Luna Niños, with the second dance “episode” of the adventures of Moniquilla and friends, this year titled “Moniquilla and the Moon Monster,” presented in three performances at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn St.) on Nov. 30th at 7 p.m. and Dec. 1st and 2nd at 3 p.m.

This hour-long, narrated dance performance finds Moniquilla and friend Veronica at school one day when they realize that pal Matias is missing.  After a little exploration, they realize that Matias has been abducted by the Moon Monster, who’s in search of the mysterious Book of Magic, and Moniquilla must enlist the help of former nemesis Nico (from the previous installment, Moniquilla and the Thief of Laughter) to help save him.

With illustrations by Patricia Marín Escutia, animations by Gustavo Suarez, lighting by Jared B. Moore, and a giant moving set designed by Zuñiga, this immersive and interactive multi-media adventure delights children (and adults) of all ages while serving as an introduction to the dramatic power of contemporary dance.

The on-going adventures of Moniquilla, presented in annual installments as part of Luna Negra’s Luna Niños artistic initiative, was conceived by Luna Negra Artistic Director Gustavo Ramírez Sansano specifically to reach young audiences through a unique dance experience tailored to their needs.

Tickets for “Moniquilla and the Moon Monster” are $15 and are available online at

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