Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca
Pain and passion on the dancefloor
This article is from 2008.
Noche Flamenca is less a company and more of a community. Founded in Madrid in 1993, by artistic director Martin Santangelo and his Flamenco dancing wife, Soledad Barrio, the group is far more concerned with expressing its artistry than grabbing the spotlight.
Barrio and her incredible twirling hands and fast-paced footwork may be the centrepiece, but the entire outfit - guitar, song, handclapping - is given equal weighting. Recognised for its authenticity, Noche Flamenca eschews flashy spectacle in favour of capturing the pleasure and pain of their people, and for many flamenco fans is seen as the real deal.
'Flamenco is an essential cry to express joy, sorrow, comedy and tragedy,' says Santangelo. 'For those individuals and groups who are repressed by some form of limitation - social, economic, spiritual or physical. Through singing, playing and dancing we attempt to free the soul from this oppression.'
Queen's Hall, 668 3456, 17 & 18 Aug, 7.30pm, 18-22, 24 Aug, 10pm, £13 (£11).