Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca
Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca Celebrate 30th Anniversary with ni bien ni mal, todo lo contrario, Oct 6-30

Noche Flamenca, formed in 1993 by Artistic Director Martín Santangelo and Soledad Barrio, marks its 30th anniversary season. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the company returned in April to The Joyce Theater with ni bien ni mal, todo lo contrario (neither good nor bad, just the opposite), a program celebrating life and being together again while also reflecting on the isolation of the shutdown.

Hailed by critics everywhere for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances, Noche Flamenca is recognized as the most authentic flamenco touring company in the field today, expressing the rigorous, spell-binding 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. 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.

The show is made up of selections from existing repertory and new material inspired by the great Spanish painter Francisco de Goya. Noche Flamenca was formed 30 years ago around Barrio as the star, but always remained a seamlessly integrated group of collaborators in which every dancer and musician is a master of their craft.

Performing at Plays & Players, are dancers Soledad Barrio, Marina Elana, Pablo Fraile, and Antonio Granjero; singers Carmina Cortes, Emilio Florido, and Manuel Gago; musicians David Chupete, Salva de María, and Eugenio Iglesias.

Born in Madrid, Soledad Barrio (Choreographer & Principal Dancer) has appeared as a soloist with Manuela Vargas, Blanca del Rey, Luisillo, El Güito, Manolete, Cristóbal Reyes, and El Toleo, and with 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, Jesús Torres, Miguel Pérez, Belén Fernández, Manolo Marín, Javier Barón, and Merche Esmeralda. Barrio co-founded Noche Flamenca with her husband, Martín Santangelo, and has performed worldwide since the mid-1990s as the company’s principal dancer, including in the title role of the critically acclaimed Antigona. Barrio is a resident teaching artist at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Drama. She has won awards in over 15 countries for her excellence in dance, including a Bessie Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement, a 2015 Dance Magazine Exceptional Artist Award, and the 2022 Vilcek Prize in Dance.

A native New Yorker, Martin Santangelo (Artistic Director & Choreographer) spent 18 years in Spain studying with flamenco greats Ciro, Paco Romero, El Güito, and Manolete, and performing throughout Europe, Japan, the Americas, and Australia. In the 1990s he appeared in Julie Taymor’s Juan Darien at Lincoln Center, choreographed Romeo and Juliet at the Denver Theater Center, and, with Soledad Barrio, founded Noche Flamenca. Under Santangelo’s direction, the company has performed annually in multiple venues in New York City and toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, and Australia. His critically acclaimed 2014 production of Antígona, with Barrio in the title role, toured globally for five years and was nominated for Bessie and Drama Desk awards. He is currently working on an evening-length show based on the works of the great Spanish artist Francisco Goya. Santangelo has worked with Lee Breuer, Luis Valdez, and Jerzy Grotowski. His most fulfilling collaboration has been with his Soledad Barrio and his two daughters, Gabriela and Stella.

The Noche Flamenca team includes S. Benjamin Farrar (Resident Designer and Production Manager), Mitchell Dufanal (Company Manager), Sharon Levy (Executive Producer), and Dion Thompson (Stage Manager).

ni bien ni mal, todo lo contrario
Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca
October 6th through October 30th on
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm
Plays & Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia
Tickets, $35 to $50, can be purchased at www.nocheflamenca.com

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