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Author:  Basheva [ Mon Jul 01, 2002 4:27 am ]
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From the Los Angeles Times:<P><B>Forceful Footwork Drives Noche Flamenca<BR>Ensemble offers a balance between passionate expression and controlled display of technique.</B><P>By LEWIS SEGAL, Times Staff Writer<P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Forget storytelling, scenery-chewing, corps dancing and pop-star glamour. Noche Flamenca is a company that focuses on the essence of this antique Andalusian Gypsy art. <BR> Over the weekend, in the 250-seat Founders Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Martin Santangelo's 9-year-old, Madrid-based ensemble emerged from darkness and continually defied it in solos and duets of vehement self-assertion and deep integrity.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><A HREF=",1419,L-LATimes-Theater-X!ArticleDetail-64497,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>MORE...</B></A><BR>

Author:  Katydid [ Mon Jul 15, 2002 4:10 am ]
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From the Philadelphia Inquirer:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>It's why we go to live performances in the first place.<P>Once in a great while, the gods smile, or the performers eat just the right thing for breakfast, and something magical happens. That magic was in full force Saturday night, when the Noche Flamenca troupe gave the second of three scheduled weekend performances, part of Fiesta Latina at the Kimmel Center. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>more...</A><BR>

Author:  Marie [ Sat Oct 19, 2002 5:21 pm ]
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BERNARD PERUSSE - Montreal Gazette, October 16, 2002:
Dance from the fiery edges of existence
Noche Flamenca opens a five-night run. Joy, rage, grief and celebration all combine to fuel the raw, explosive power of the genre

Noche Flamenca, which begins a five-night run at the Kola Note tonight, celebrates the form in all its stripped-back, raw authenticity.

Author:  Azlan [ Sat Jun 21, 2003 9:07 am ]
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<a href= target=_blank>Thrills and frills from Spain</a>
Leba Hertz, SF Chronicle

Author:  LMCtech [ Thu Jun 26, 2003 12:37 pm ]
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They are back in the SF Bay Area. Mr. Roca gives us a review in the SF Chronicle.

A night of fiery, informal flamenco

Octavio Roca, Chronicle Dance Critic

An unusual, often seductive jumble of music and dance opened in Berkeley on Tuesday night.

A troupe from Madrid called Noche Flamenca turned the Zellerbach Playhouse into an intimate Spanish cabaret, with a show that was not always elegant but was never less than fascinating. And whenever an extraordinary creature called Soledad Barrio took the stage, Noche Flamenca reflected nothing less than the Spanish soul itself.

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Author:  Azlan [ Sat Jun 28, 2003 12:38 pm ]
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Noche Flamenca lights up the night

Mary Ellen Hunt

With only the bare stage of the Zellerbach Playhouse and a few cafe chairs, the seven-member Madrid-based Noche Flamenca manages to conjure a world of emotions with pure flamenco of the highest quality. <a href= target=_blank>more</a>

Author:  Andre Yew [ Mon Jul 28, 2003 9:08 pm ]
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Lewis Segal reviews one of the Hollywood Bowl's multifaceted concerts, which included dancing by members of Noche Flamenca:

Multicultural views of '¡España!'
Lewis Segal, LA Times

Outsiders' fascination with Spain rather than the music of that country formed the basis of the program of mostly French, Cuban and Hungarian compositions titled "¡España!" at Hollywood Bowl on Saturday.

Even Manuel de Falla's "Three-Cornered Hat" represented authentic Spanish music processed and stylized for a Parisian ballet audience. And the three excerpts played by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under John Mauceri flattened out all the unpredictable surges and eddies that take this score beyond its obvious Iberian vivacity and use of folk forms.

Author:  Azlan [ Wed Aug 13, 2003 6:46 am ]
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The Heat of Flamenco and Song Melts Into the Summer Evening

NY Times

The dance series at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival got off to a sultry start on Friday night when Noche Flamenca filled the night air with the hot and plaintive sounds of flamenco dance and music. <a href= target=_blank>more</a>

Author:  ncgnet [ Sun Oct 05, 2003 12:05 pm ]
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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:

Flamenco dancers' passion enthralls

Flamenco artist Soledad Barrio has the kind of stage presence most dancers only dream of. A compact, muscular dancer with an expressive, square-jawed face, she performs with a ferocious, yet introspective intensity, as if channeling the very soul of flamenco -- the sorrow, despair, pride, and fury that have seeded the art form for centuries. Exemplifying the weighted, earthy style of flamenco, Barrio’s footwork can rattle off crisp percussive volleys or pound the floor like pile drivers. She dances with controlled tension that erupts into blistering turns and seismic shifts of dynamics so riveting one dare not blink.

Barrio is the undisputed star of “Noche Flamenco,” which World Music is presenting this weekend in the Boston premiere of a new show.

Author:  ncgnet [ Thu Oct 09, 2003 5:58 am ]
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From Marcia Siegel in the Boston Phoenix:

Flamenco neat
Noche Flamenca does it right

Noche Flamenca doesn’t trade in those elaborate flailings and gnashing guitars that audiences take as the sign of Spanish passion. The only performative curlicues happening on the stage at the Cutler Majestic last Thursday night, October 1, when this company returned to Boston, were the dancers’ serpentine wrist and arm movements.

Which isn’t to say that the performance was dull. The first of this season’s World Music/Crash Arts dance series, Noche Flamenca was beautifully crafted to let you see the dance itself, hear the music, and appreciate the distinctive qualities of the dancers (Soledad Barrio and Isabel Bayon), singers (Silverio Heredia and Manuel Gago), and guitarists (Paco Cruz, Miguel Perez, and Jesus Torres). You could savor them all in nearly equal measure, and they all dabbled in each other’s specialties from time to time.

Author:  kurinuku [ Tue May 24, 2005 7:56 am ]
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Ongoing: Tough broad: Barrio
by EVA YAA ASANTEWAA for the Village Voice

Her accuracy and mind-blowing speed only enhance, never sacrifice, realness.

published: May 17, 2005

Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:52 am ]
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A Dancer's Flamenco in Intimate Quarters: Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca
by GIA KOURLAS for the New York Times

A native of Madrid, Ms. Barrio, whom Mr. Santangelo addresses simply as Sole (pronounced Sole-AY), didn't begin formal training until she was 18. "I started studying very late, but the only thing I remember about my childhood is that I wanted to dance," she said. After watching Carlos Saura's film "Blood Wedding," she signed up for classes.

published: June 7, 2006

Author:  kurinuku [ Thu Jun 22, 2006 5:59 am ]
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Heelbeats, Heartbeats
A small flamenco troupe conjures big storms
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice

The dancers acquaint us with their styles, priming us for solos to come. Ogalla, tall, well built, and tough-faced, is a master of heelwork. Even when his textures are most complex, he can flick a foot into the air before driving it down again into the rhythmic flow. He stares at us a lot, knows the value of the taunting pause. Granados, beefier, with a big mournful visage, shows more rough edges and moody unravelings.

published: June 19, 2006

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Nov 20, 2006 11:06 am ]
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In the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Alice Kaderlan reviews Noche Flamenca's performance on the University of Washington World Dance Series at Meany Hall, Thursday, November 16, 2006:

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Author:  kurinuku [ Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:57 pm ]
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Spanish Guitars, Fast Footwork, Everything but the Cafe
by ROSLYN SULCAS for the New York Times
published: June 9, 2007

Noche Flamenca, which returned to Theater 80 in the East Village last week for its summer season, does a pretty good job of all this even if its new program, “Aldaba,” is heavily weighted toward the rawly emotional side of flamenco, with mixed results. Choreographed by the artistic director, Martín Santangelo, and the company, it’s a smoothly constructed and pleasurable evening of impassioned, keening song; welling guitars; and the intricate tattoos of footwork and sinuous lines fashioned by the dancers.

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