Antigona OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    July 13, 2015
    Closing:
    August 8, 2015

    Theater: West Park Presbyterian Church / 165 West 86th Street, New York, New York 10024

    Synopsis: 

    Featuring a night of flamenco with excerpts from Sophocles’ tragic tale. The company performs to live music, propelling the dancers to an incredible height of drama that “goes straight for the expressive tension that seems to be at flamenco’s very heart” (The New York Times) and elicits cheers from sold-out houses of loyal fans.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Antigona

    ‘Antigona,’ From Noche Flamenca, Pairs Rhythmic Dance With Greek Drama

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    July 22, 2015: Flamenco paired with ancient Greek tragedy? It’s the kind of idea that makes the brow furrow. But in Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca’s dark and explosive “Antigona,” this odd-couple match makes an “Aha!” kind of sense, uniting two fierce and stylized forms to tell the story of a sister’s defiance of a king in defense of her dead brother. A haunting, distant classicism coexists with sweaty, unmediated corporeality in this dance drama, adapted by Martín Santangelo, Noche Flamenca’s artistic director, from Sophocles’ “Antigone.” Displaying the same allegiance to dance as the earliest Greek dramas, it mines the martial, confrontational qualities of flamenco, and the mournful ones as well. Sophocles’ narrative is not the easiest to follow, and “Antigona” takes pains to provide context amid the dance and song, almost all of it performed in Spanish with clear, well designed English supertitles. “Meet the family,” the gregarious Master of Ceremonies (Emilio Florido) says, introducing us to Oedipus and Jocasta; their sons, Polyneices and Eteocles; their daughters, Antigona and Ismene; and Jocasta’s brother, Creon.

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