Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca perform Spanish dance and music Jan. 26

Posted by John Mark Rafacz on January 24, 2013 

Soledad Barrio, one of the world's most electrifying dancers, is coming to Penn State this weekend. Barrio stars with her company Noche Flamenca in a Spanish dance and music performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Eisenhower Auditorium.

"Her dancing is invariably charged with intense drama — remarkably so, even by the standards of flamenco, itself an inherently dramatic form," wrote a New York Times critic. "In her stance, her rhythm, the way she addresses the light and the way she opposes head to shoulders, she goes straight for the expressive tension that seems to be at flamenco's very heart."

Tickets are still available for the Jan. 26 performance.

Madrid's Noche Flamenca, directed by Barrio's husband Martín Santangelo, is one of the most authentic touring flamenco companies in the world. Santangelo, who formed the ensemble with Barrio in 1993, brings to the stage the essence, purity and integrity of one of the world's most complex and mysterious art forms.

Watch a video preview of Barrio & Noche Flamenca.

"This Spanish flamenco troupe unleashes an emotionally gripping night of theatrical improvisations," wrote a reviewer for The Times Picayune of New Orleans, "in which dancers, guitarists and singers interact freely."

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Santangelo, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

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