Passionate Noche Flamenca Returns to White Bird Dec. 3-5
WHITE BIRD PRESENTS THE LONG-AWAITED RETURN
OF SPELLBINDING SOLEDAD BARRIO AND NOCHE FLAMENCA,
ONE OF THE MOST AUTHENTIC FLAMENCO TOURING COMPANIES TODAY.
THRILLING PROGRAM STARS AWARD-WINNING SOLEDAD BARRIO
WITH OUTSTANDING DANCERS, SINGERS AND
ACCLAIMED GUITARIST SALVA DE MARÍA
Who: Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca
Presented by: White Bird
When: Thursday – Saturday, December 3-5, 2015, 7:30 pm
Where: Newmark Theater, SW Broadway & Main, Portland, OR
Sponsors: The Oregonian
Tickets: Starting at $26, available at whitebird.org and Portland’5 Box Office,
1111 SW Broadway (formerly PCPA) NO added fees.1-800-380-3516 (added fees apply).
Discounts available for groups/students and seniors.
“Spellbinding creatures for whom movement emanates from deep within the body” – The New York Times
White Bird is excited to present the return Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca on Dec. 3-5, 2015 at the Newmark Theatre. Last appearing with White Bird in January 2012 for three sold-out shows, the critically acclaimed flamenco company will perform Sombras Sangradas (Sacred Dreams) featuring a 7-member company of exceptional dancers, singers and guitarist. The star of the program is Soledad Barrio, hailed by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times as “one of today’s great dancers of any genre.” Gia Kourlas, also in The New York Times, has stated, “No matter how many times you’ve seen Ms. Barrio dance, the experience is strangely intimate; there’s something voyeuristic and cathartic about watching a woman pry open her soul, scatter it on the floor and put it back together again.” In December, Soledad Barrio will receive the Dance Magazine Award in New York along with four other esteemed dance artists.
Celebrated 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. The artistic director Martin Santangelo and his wife Soledad Barrio have 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 in the presentations of Noche Flamenca, creating a true communal spirit within the company – the very heart and soul of flamenco. Noche Flamenca’s company is composed of Bessie award-winner Soledad Barrio, with dancers Marina Elana, Laura Peralta, and Xianix Barrera, guitarist Salva De Maria, and singers Manuel Gago and Emilio Florido.
Formed in 1993 by Martín Santangelo and Soledad Barrio, Noche Flamenca regularly tours around the globe. Their latest production, Antigona, based on Sophocles tragedy Antigone, premiered in 2014 and received glowing reviews from The New York Times and other press. Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca perform regularly in New York City and throughout North America. The company has toured internationally, including to Buenos Aires, Greece and Egypt, and Australia.
Soledad Barrio was born in Madrid. She has appeared as soloist with Manuela Vargas, Blanca del Rey, Luisillo, El Guito, Manolete, Cristobal Reyes, El Toleo, Ballet Espanol de Paco Romero, Festival Flamenco and many other companies. She has performed throughout Europe, Japan, North and South America with artists such as Alejandro Granados, Isabel Bayón, Jesus Torres, Miguel Perez, Manolo Marin, Javier Barón, Merce Esmeralda, Rafael Campallo, and Belen Maya. She has won awards from over 12 different countries around the globe for her excellence in dance. She recently received a “Bessie” award for Outstanding Creative Achievement.
Martín Santangelo 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-Corbett. He choreographed a production of Romeo and Juliet at the Denver Theater Center. He has 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 artists, but his most fulfilling collaboration has been with his wife, Soledad Barrio and their two beautiful daughters, Gabriela and Stella.
White Bird’s 18th season (2015-16) is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Arts Education & Access Fund, Work for Art, The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Collins Foundation, Ronni Lacroute/Willakenzie Estate, National Endowment for the Arts, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, The Oregon Community Foundation, WESTAF, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Starseed Foundation.