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By Noche Flamenca Conceived, adapted & Directed by Martín Santangelo Choreographed by Soledad Barrio & Martín Santangelo
Antigona is an evening-length flamenco performance adapted from Sophocles’ classic play. The story resonates with the roots of flamenco, which is based not on any one culture or religion but on the strength of family. Soledad Barrio embodies Antigone’s strength, pain, and passion in a tour-de-force performance.
"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. There is a formal beauty to her movements, whether she is unleashing a torrent of steps or simply walking across a stage. The New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay has called her “one of today’s great dancers of any genre." -Susan Hartman, New York Times
"Ms. Barrio has an allure that is based in something eerily intangible." -Gia Kourlas, New York Times
About the Artists
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. 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.