As a kind of offbeat Valentine’s Day present to Western New York, the young collective Buffalo Aerial Dance will perform its original show “B.A.D. Hearts” tonight and Saturday in the Alt Theatre at the Warehouse (255 Great Arrow Ave.).

The show, according to a release, “promises an evening of original aerial dance and music works created to elicit deliciously surreal excitement and an emotional ride wrapped in the cloak of a ‘dark’ Valentine.” Aerial dance, in which performers hang from long pieces of fabric and execute complex, quasi-acrobatic and sometimes graceful routines, has become increasingly popular in Western New York during the past several years.

Buffalo Aerial Dance is a small group made up of composers H. John Fitzgibbon and K. Cornelius, Alt Theatre co-founder and choreographer Amy Taravella and aerial dancers Gretta Sowyrda, Andrew Kutnyak, Ashley Vita Verde and Erica Cope.

The performances of “B.A.D. Hearts,” at 8 tonight and Saturday, are part of the Alt Theatre’s ongoing Free Friday Salon Series. Future programs include a lecture on how to be a better observer of dance next Friday, “Ancient Alchemy, A Journey of Sound” by K. Cornelius on March 8 and “Flamenco Meets Modern Dance” on May 3. A full schedule is online at

– Colin Dabkowski