The name, Luminario Ballet, is a bit deceiving. The dancers wear pointe shoes and perform contemporary ballet, but the moniker does little to reveal the most distinctive feature of this troupe — the accomplished, sometimes dazzling aerial work the ensemble incorporates into performances. The aerial work will be on view with the reprise of LedZAerial, set to music by Led Zeppelin, and an ambitious work-in-progress, TRAILS, danced against NASA satellite images showing the effects of climate change in California. Set to Philip Glass' Mishima, performed live by musicians from the New Valley Symphony, TRAILS also includes video body-mapping technology. Canadian Olympian and international dancer/aerialist Emilie Livingston joins the dancers as a special guest. Just as the broader perspective from a trapeze brings a different view from dancing on the stage, the perspective from outer space conveys an urgency different from what can be seen on the ground. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., Sept. 19-20, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 21, 3 & 7 p.m., $30-$40. (818) 508-4200,

Sept. 19-20, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 21, 3 & 7 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 09/21/14)

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