Noche Flamenca Replaces Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba at Meany Center for the Performing Arts
Meany Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington announced today that Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba has cancelled its November 16-18, 2017 performances at Meany Hall. The company was unable to secure travel visas due to the recent suspension of visa processing at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. The company has been replaced by Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, one of the world's top touring flamenco troupes.
Tickets previously issued for Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba will be valid for the Noche Flamenca performances. Ticketholders who wish to exchange or refund their tickets must contact the ArtsUW Ticket Office by November 14, 2017.
Hailed by critics around the globe for their transcendent and deeply emotional performances, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca return to Seattle for the first time since premiering the Bessie-nominated Antigona at Meany Hall in 2014. With spectacular dancing, cathartic song and virtuosic guitar, Noche Flamenca brings to the stage the essence and integrity of one of the world's most complex and mysterious art forms. The program will include classic Noche Flamenca works, solos featuring Soledad Barrio, and the newly created La Ronde, a series of duets that explore the intimate human emotions of loneliness and desire.
Under the direction of Martín Santangelo, the award-winning Noche Flamenca is recognized as one of the world's premiere touring companies. Formed in 1993 by Santangelo and his Bessie award-winning wife, Soledad Barrio, who was honored with a 2015 Dance Magazine Exceptional Artist award, the company tours throughout the globe, including regular seasons in New York City and performances in North and South America, Europe and Australia. Acclaimed as the most authentic flamenco touring company in the field today, Noche Flamenca has been recognized with awards from the National Dance Project, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lucille Lortel Award for Special Theatrical Experience, among others.
Artist website: http://www.soledadbarrioandnocheflamenca.com/
MARTÍN SANTANGELO (Artistic Director) founded Noche Flamenca in 1993. He first experienced flamenco at the impressionable age of four when flamenco masters Mario Maya and Carmen Mora lived with him and his mother Luly Santangelo, a dancer with the Martha Graham and Alwin Nikolais companies. He studied dance and theater at NYU and trained for six years with jazz legend Luigi and Polish director Jerzy Grotowski. After rediscovering flamenco in the early 1980s, Santangelo relocated to Madrid where he studied with Ciro, Paco Romero, El Guito, 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 Espanol. 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-Corbes; choreographed a production of Romeo and Juliet at the Denver Theater Center; and directed and choreographed Bodas de Sangre, The Lower Depths, La Celestina, A Streetcar Named Desire, amongst many other productions in Spain and Buenos Aires. He has collaborated with many, many artists, but his most fulfilling collaboration has been with his wife, Soledad Barrio and his two wild daughters, Gabriela and Stella.
Soledad Barrio (Choreographer & Dancer) was born in Madrid. She has appeared as soloist with Manuela Vargas, Blanca del Rey, Luisillo, El Guito, Manolete, Cristobal Reyes and El Toleo, Ballet Espanol 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, Belen Maya, Manolo Marin, Javier Barón, Merce Esmeralda, Rafael Campallo, Belen Maya, etc. Ms. Barrio has won awards from over 15 different countries for her excellence in dance, including a "Bessie" award for Outstanding Creative Achievement and a 2015 Dance Magazine Exceptional Artist award. She is a founding member of Noche Flamenca and is married to Martin Santangelo. They have two beautiful daughters, Gabriela and Stella.
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