Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca Return to Philadelphia, Jan 15 – Feb 2

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, choreographed and directed by Artistic Director and Producer, Martín Santangelo, and starring legendary dancer, Soledad Barrio, make their long-awaited return to Philadelphia January 15-February 2 2020, at the historic Plays & Players Theatre with Entre Tú y Yo (You and I), an evening-length program of duets, solos, and ensemble works. The show premiered in New York City and was most recently performed at the internationally-esteemed, Joyce Theater. Brian Seibert of the New York Times wrote, “My desires have been shaped by years of watching Ms. Barrio and her company, Noche Flamenca. The visual design is bare bones, nothing to hide behind, nothing to get in the way. This, of course, is the moment everyone has been waiting for.”

In the hit show, Entre Tú y Yo, lead dancer Soledad Barrio, deemed by The New York Times as “one of today’s great dancers of any genre,” is joined by some of Spain’s most celebrated flamenco artists including dancers Antonio ‘El Chupete’ Rodriguez, Jasiel Nahin and Marina Elana; musicians Eugenio Iglesias, Salva de María, and David ‘Chupete’ Rodriguez; and singers Manuel Gago, Emilio Florido, Carmina Cortes, and Reyes Martín.

For over twenty-five years, Noche Flamenca has revealed to audiences worldwide 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. In addition to its performance repertory, the company offers extensive residency programs that reach out to people of all ages.

Entre Tú y Yo also features Barrio’s signature, “Soleá,” which exemplifies the catharsis at the heart of flamenco. In it, Barrio displays the singular artistry which caused Tobi Tobias to exclaim, “What woman could hold a candle to Soledad Barrio? Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham. Certainly, no one we can go and see today has Barrio’s transformative power.” Among the other works performed is “Refugiados,” inspired by the poems of children living in refugee camps.

The program also includes the latest iteration of “La Ronde,” inspired by Max Ophüls’ 1950 film and its dizzying carousel of romantic and sexual relationships. The “purest” form of flamenco traditionally includes a guitarist, a vocalist, and a solo dancer—but true to Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca’s boundary-pushing and emotionally probing style, in Entre Tú y Yo, Santangelo offers a series of duets to explore love, hate, jealousy, solitude, and death. The piece also draws inspiration from Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, pianist James Booker, and other sources.

Martín Santangelo (Artistic Director & Producer) founded Noche Flamenca in 1993. He studied with Ciro, Paco Romero, El Güito, Manolete, and Alejandro Granados. He has performed throughout Spain, Japan, and North and South America, appearing with Maria Benitez’s Teatro Flamenco, the Lincoln Center Festival of the Arts, and Paco Romero’s Ballet Español. He also appeared in Julie Taymor’s Juan Darien at Lincoln Center. He choreographed and performed in Eduardo Machado’s Deep Song, directed by Lynne Taylor- Corbett. He choreographed a production of Romeo and Juliet at the Denver Theater Center. He has directed and choreographed Antigona, Bodas de Sangre, The Lower Depths, La Celestina, A Streetcar Named Desire, amongst many other productions in Spain.

Called the “crown jewel of flamenco” by Dance Magazine, Soledad Barrio (Lead Dancer & Choreographer) was born in Madrid. A founding member of Noche Flamenca, Barrio has appeared as soloist with Manuela Vargas, Blanca del Rey, Luisillo, El Güito, Manolete, Cristobal Reyes, and El Toleo, Ballet Español de Paco Romero, Festival Flamenco, and many other companies. She has performed throughout Europe, Japan, and North and South America with such artists as Alejandro Granados, El Torombo, Isabel Bayón, Jesus Torres, Miguel Perez, Manolo Marin, Javier Barón, Merce Esmeralda, Rafael Campallo, etc. She has won awards from over 15 different countries around the globe for her excellence in dance. She recently received a Bessie award for Outstanding Creative Achievement and a Dance Magazine Exceptional Artist award.

Formed in 1993, the award-winning Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca has become one of the world’s most successful touring companies, performing regularly in New York City and worldwide, including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Egypt, and throughout Europe, North America, Australia, and Canada. Hailed by critics for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances, Noche Flamenca has been proclaimed the most authentic flamenco touring company in the field today, expressing the rigorous, spell-binding aesthetic of flamenco beyond the highest artistic expectations. Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca have been recognized with awards from the National Dance Project, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MAP Fund and the Lucille Lortel Award for Special Theatrical Experience.

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Howard Gilman Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and the JKW Foundation. Noche Flamenca’s New York Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 through Sunday, February 2, 2020
Tuesdays / Thursdays at 7:30 PM Wednesdays at 6:30 PM,
Fridays / Saturdays at 8:00 PM Sundays at 2:00 PM
Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tickets: $15-$50
Online at https://ci.ovationtix.com/114/production/1019558