Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca
- Categories: Dance performance
- Event posted: April 7, 2009
- Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014
- Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, 7:30 p.m.
- Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive, KU campus, Lawrence
- Cost: $10 - $26
- Age limit: All ages
The Lied Center of Kansas presents Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca performing an evening of authentic Spanish flamenco including dance, song and music.
Celebrated for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances, Spain’s Noche Flamenca is recognized as the leading flamenco touring company in the field today. Under the direction of Martín Santangelo, the company stages performances with the essence, purity and integrity of one of the world’s most complex and mysterious art forms.
Santangelo co-founded Noche Flamenca in 1993 with his wife, Bessie Award-winning Soledad Barrio, the troupe’s lead dancer. The company tours regularly, bringing the passion and culture of Spain to stages throughout the world, including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the American Dance Festival, Wolf Trap and the Hollywood Bowl. The company presents all aspects of flamenco—dance, song and music—together onstage, to create a true shared experience in its performances.
With annual seasons in New York City and Buenos Aires, and return engagements at theatres around the world, the company has a dedicated global audience. In support of its mission to educate and enlighten audiences about flamenco, the company offers extensive residency programs that reach out to people of all ages.
Flamenco originates from Andalucia, the southern region of Spain. It emerged in the 15th century during the persecution and expulsion of Jews, Gypsies and Arabs, and expressed the grief and angst of the oppressed. Flamenco continued to develop, gaining international popularity in the 20th century.
In anticipation of Noche Flamenca’s performance, KU Associate Professor of dance Michelle Hefner Hayes and guitarists Beau Bledsoe and Frank Hoffman will present Flamenco For Everyone, a free, interactive performance on the history and structures of flamenco, Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Lawrence Arts Center.
While in Lawrence, Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca will present a community master class on Nov. 13.
Friends of the Lied are invited to a pre-performance dinner and presentation on the art of flamenco, Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Lied Center Ticket Office at 785-864-2787.
KU Student $10