”A haunting, distant classicism coexists with sweaty, unmediated corporeality in this dance drama.” – Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times
“Never, until I saw Santangelo’s ensemble, their heels stamping, their arms cutting through the air, had I seen a chorus whose physical force could support the fate-heavy songs that Sophocles wrote for his plays. As for Barrio, though she spoke rarely, dancing seemed better than words: no rhetoric, no explanations, but just passion, majesty, absorption.” – Joan Acocella, The New Yorker
“As a flamenco dancer, Ms. Barrio is known for ferocity and intense drama, as well as for her ability to convey tenderness.” – Susan Hartman, The New York Times
“Ms. Barrio has an allure that is based in something eerily intangible.” – Gia Kourlas, The New York Times
“This Flamenco Antigona Earns a Stamp of Approval” –Miriam Felton, The Village Voice
“The best part of Noche Flamenca’s flamenco musical Antigona—and it is full of astonishing parts—is the way that it tosses you between states of delight.”, Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

Noche Flamenca

Noche Flamenca

Formed in 1993 by Martín Santangelo and his Bessie award-winning wife, Soledad Barrio, Noche Flamenca has been hailed by critics everywhere for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances. Born of passion and the desire to present the authentic form of flamenco to audiences throughout the globe, Noche Flamenca is noted for creating a diverse theatrical body of work that expresses the rigorous, spellbinding aesthetic of flamenco that exceeds the highest artistic expectations.

Santangelo has successfully brought to the stage the essence, purity, and integrity of one of the world’s most complex and mysterious art forms without the use of tricks or gimmicks. All aspects of flamenco- dance, song, and music- are interrelated and given equal weight, creating a true communal spirit within the company – the very heart and soul of flamenco.

Performance highlights include regular seasons in New York City, including at Lincoln Center, the Joyce Theater, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater and at its home base at the West Park Presbyterian Church. Noche Flamenca also tours extensively across the U.S., throughout Canada, in Europe, the Middle East, Argentina, and Australia.

In support of its mission to educate and enlighten audiences about flamenco, the company offers extensive residency programs and classes that reach out to people of all ages, races, and economic means.

Noche Flamenca has been recognized with awards from the National Dance Project, the MAP Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lucille Lortel Award for Special Theatrical Experience and most recently an exceptional artist award for Soledad Barrio from Dance Magazine.

shows

ANTIGONA
Adapted and directed by Martín Santangelo
Featuring Soledad Barrio
Choreography – Soledad Barrio
Consulting Director – Lee Breuer
Based on an adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone in the version by Dudley Fitts & Robert Fitzgerald

“Never, until I saw Santangelo’s ensemble, their heels stamping, their arms cutting through the air, had I seen a chorus whose physical force could support the fate-heavy songs that Sophocles wrote for his plays. As for Barrio, though she spoke rarely, dancing seemed better than words: no rhetoric, no explanations, but just passion, majesty, absorption.”
The New Yorker

ANTIGONA is a towering achievement by Martín Santangelo, a stunning flamenco interpretation of Sophocles’ ‘Antigone,’ performed by the company and starring flamenco superstar Soledad Barrios as a disenfranchised woman struggling against patriarchal authority. At its heart, the story of Antigone resonates with the roots of flamenco, which is based not in any one culture or religion, but on the strength of family. Antigone’s story is her humanity and her quest to bury her brother regardless of the circumstances. Collaborators include legendary theater director Lee Breuer and visual artist Mary Frank. The themes in the work include catharsis, issues of dictatorship, repression, loss, the strength of family, and female empowerment; strong themes not only in Sophocles, but also in flamenco, all of which Barrio, in particular, is keenly aware of. Her mother’s family lived through the dictatorship of Franco’s Spain, surviving desperate hunger and civil war, yet proved themselves to be far stronger than their male counterparts. Barrio grew up with all of this in her blood and as one of the most powerful artists living today, in any genre, is ideally positioned to embody all of this in her performance. Antigone was the first female heroine written for the stage. She was not afraid to show her strength, her pain, and her passion, all attributes that are deep at the heart of flamenco.

Availabilty: Worldwide Touring 19-21 OPEN

Stage: Proscenium / Black Box
Capacity: 100-1500 Seats
Traveling Personnel: 25
Running time: 90 minutes sans intermission

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ENTRE TÚ Y YO
Directed by Martín Santangelo

“What woman could hold a candle to Soledad Barrio? In modern dance, Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham. In ballet, maybe Nora Kaye, in her Tudor roles. Certainly no one we can go and see today has Barrio’s transformative power.” – Tobi Tobias, ARTSJOURNAL

A powerful, searing evening-length program of duets, solos, and ensemble works exploring the constraints imposed and the possibilities afforded by human relationships. ENTRE TÚ Y YO includes the acclaimed La Ronde, a work inspired by Max Ophuls’ 1950 film, and the dizzying carousel of romantic and sexual relationships it presents. The purest form of flamenco includes a guitarist, a vocalist, and a solo dancer but true to Noche Flamenca’s boundary-pushing and emotionally probing style, Santangelo uses a series of duets to explore love, hate, jealousy, and death. The piece draws inspiration from Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, the pianist James Booker, the story of Cain and Abel, Demeter & Persephone, and other sources, in addition to Ophuls.

Finally, ENTRE TÚ Y YO includes Barrio’s signature, Sole, which exemplifies the catharsis at the heart of flamenco. In ENTRE TÚ Y YO, Barrio is joined by some of Spain’s most celebrated flamenco artists, including dancers Antonio Rodriguez, Marina Elana, and Jasiel Nahim; musicians Eugenio Iglesias, Salva de Maria, and David Rodriguez; and singers Manuel Gago, Emilio Florido, and Carmina Cortes.

Availability: Worldwide Touring 19-21 OPEN

Stage: Proscenium / Black Box
Personnel: 14
Capacity:
100-1500 Seats
Running time: 90 min

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PURO
Directed by Martín Santangelo

PURO is an evening of pure fire, featuring an assortment of the Company’s classic and acclaimed repertoire, and expressing all the facets & profound traditions of flamenco culture utilizing Santangelo’s emblematic theatrical presentations.

Availabilty: Worldwide Touring 19-21 OPEN

Stage: Proscenium / Black Box
Personnel: Variable
Capacity:
100-1500 Seats
Running time: 90 min

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Touring nationally 2019-20, dates to be announced