Award-winning Flamenco dancer Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca Retell Greek Tragedy of Antigone through Flamenco Dance and Music

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Co-production of Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Offers Wide Audience A New Interpretation of Sophocles Drama

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South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and Culture Shock Miami Presents collaborate to bring world-acclaimed Flamenco dancer Soledad Barrio and her internationally sought company, Noche Flamenca, to Miami-Dade County for an evening of world-class Flamenco dance and music including Martin Santangelo’s 5-part adaption of the timeless Greek tragedy, Antigone. The company takes the Main Stage of South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Ticket prices are $27.50 to $47.50 online at SMDCAC.org or through the SMDCAC box office by calling 786-573-5300. The performance is also available through South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center’s subscription program. $5 tickets are available to 13-22 year olds and one accompanying guest each, exclusively through CultureShockMiami.com. $5 Culture Shock Miami tickets are not sold through the SMDCAC Box Office. Culture Shock Miami ticket sales for this performance end on Friday, November 14, 2014 at midnight.

Artistic Director and Producer Martín Santangelo has reimagined the ancient Greek play by Sophocles, Antigone, through his adaptation in the authentic Flamenco tradition. Titled Antigona, the 5-part work, which is performed by a cast of 16 dancers and musicians, tells the tragic story of the daughter of a Greek nobleman and soldier who would rather die than dishonor her father. The role of Antigona is performed by Soledad Barrio.

To see a preview of Noche Flamenca’s Antigona, paste http://youtu.be/sGfJYLEoPlY into your browser.

The second part of the program features individual works choreographed in the authentic Flamenco tradition by Santangelo and members of the company.

The New York Times describes Soledad Barrio as an artist who “lands in a place every dancer dreams of inhabiting. She lives in the moment…. It’s like watching the ocean as one wave crashes into the next.”

Under the direction of Martín Santangelo, the award-winning Noche Flamenca has become Spain's most successful touring company. Formed in 1993 by Santangelo and his Bessie award-winning wife, Soledad Barrio, the company regularly tours throughout the globe. Performance highlights around the globe include regular seasons in New York City and Buenos Aires, performances in Greece and Egypt, annual tours to North America, and the company's 2002 and 2009 tours to Australia.

As part of their commitment to education, Ms. Barrio and Noche Flamenca will provide in-school performances as well as master classes for students ages 13 - 22.

THE PROGRAM

ANTIGONA

Conceived and Directed by
Martín Santangelo

Choreography
Soledad Barrio

Additional Choreography
Isabel Bayón

Music
Eugenio Iglesias, Salva de Maria & Martín Santangelo

Vocal Arrangements
Eugenio Iglesias, Salva de Maria & Martín Santangelo

Original Lyrics & Text
Sophocles

Adapted and Written by
Martín Santangelo

ACT ONE
(Excerpts from Antigona)

Rezo al Zeus (Prayer to Zeus)
A desperate plea to end the curse damning the Labdacus Family for generations

Guerra de Hermanos (Brothers’ War)
The sons of Oedipus (brothers of Antigone) wage a final battle for control of the Kingdom of Thebes

Entierro de Polinice (Burial of Polyneices)
Antigone buries Polyneices against the decree of newly inaugurated Creon of Thebes

Confrontación Creonte-Antigona/Hamon (Confrontation Creon-Antigone/Haemon)
Creon confronts his niece and son (Antigone & Haemon), deciding to sentence Antigone to death

Oda al Amor (Ode to Love)
Haemon attempts to betroth Antigone, but Antigone chooses to betroth Death

ACT TWO

Alegrías
Performed by Juan Ogalla

La Plaza OR Amanecer
Performed by The Company
Choreography by Martín Santangelo

Solea
Performed by Soledad Barrio

Second Act choreography by Martín Santangelo & Company members
Second Act music by Salva de María & Eugenio Iglesias
Second Act vocal arrangements by Manuel Gago, Jose “El Bocadillo” & Emilio Florido

*This program is subject to change*

ABOUT NOCHE FLAMENCA
Under the direction of Martín Santangelo, the award-winning Noche Flamenca has become Spain's most successful touring company. Formed in 1993 by Santangelo and his Bessie award-winning wife, Soledad Barrio, the company regularly tours throughout the globe. Performance highlights around the globe include regular seasons in New York Cityp and performances in, Europe, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Egypt, North America, Australia, Canada, etc.
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. With company members based in Spain, Noche Flamenca is a registered US not-for-profit with its office and representation based in New York City. Noche Flamenca's artistic integrity has been recognized with awards from the National Dance Project (2006, 2009, 2013, 2014), the National Endowment for the Arts (2007-2009, 2012-2014), and the Lucille Lortel Award for Special Theatrical Experience (2003), among others.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

MARTÍN SANTANGELO (Artistic Director) founded Noche Flamenca. He studied with Ciro, Paco Romero, El Guito, Manolete and Alejandro Granados. He has performed throughout Spain, Japan and North and South America, appearing with Maria Benitez’s Teatro Flamenco, the Lincoln Center Festival of the Arts and Paco Romero’s Ballet Espanol. He also appeared in Julie Taymor’s Juan Darien at Lincoln Center. He choreographed and performed in Eduardo Machado’s Deep Song, directed by Lynne Taylor- Corbett. He choreographed a production of Romeo and Juliet at the Denver Theater Center. He has directed and choreographed Bodas de Sangre, The Lower Depths, La Celestina, A Streetcar Named Desire, amongst many other productions in Spain and Buenos Aires. He has collaborated with many, many artists, but his most fulfilling collaboration has been with his wife, Soledad Barrio and his two wild daughters, Gabriela and Stella.

SOLEDAD BARRIO (Choregrapher & Dancer) was born in Madrid. She has appeared as soloist with Manuela Vargas, Blanca del Rey, Luisillo, El Guito, Manolete, Cristobal Reyes, and El Toleo, Ballet Espanol de Paco Romero, Festival Flamenco and many other companies. She has performed throughout Europe, Japan and North and South America with such artists as Alejandro Granados, El Torombo, Isabel Bayón, Jesus Torres, Miguel Perez, Belen Maya, Manolo Marin, Javier Barón, Merce Esmeralda, Rafael Campallo, Belen Maya, etc. She has won awards from over 15 different countries around the globe for her excellence in dance. She recently received a "Bessie" award for Outstanding Creative Achievement. She is a founding member of Noche Flamenca and is married to Martín Santangelo. They have two beautiful daughters, Gabriela and Stella.

ABOUT SOUTH MIAMI-DADE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, designed by an internationally-acclaimed design team that includes Arquitectonica International, Inc. (architects), Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. (theater design), Artec Consultants, Inc. (acoustics), and AMS Planning & Research Corp. (theater management), provides, for the first time, a state-of-the-art cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County. Located at 10950 SW 211th Street in Cutler Bay, the Center is an integral part of the economic and cultural development of the area, offering quality artistic programming and community accessibility. The Center features prominent works of art created by Miami artist Robert Chambers who was commissioned by Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program to design a kinetic light wall and sculptures for the theater.

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community. More information about the Center and its programs can be found at http://www.smdcac.org.

ABOUT CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI AND http://www.CULTURESHOCKMIAMI.COM

Culture Shock Miami, celebrating its 10th anniversary, was inaugurated in 2004-05 as High Five Miami and as Culture Shock Miami for the 2005-06 season by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with a generous grant from The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. Since then, it has more than43,000 tickets through its website http://www.cultureshockmiami.com. A core group of arts organizations participate regularly in the program, including Actors' Playhouse, Adrienne Arsht Center, Cleveland Orchestra Miami, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, Pérez Art Museum, New World Symphony, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and ZooMiami.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning.

The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.

Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible and assistive listening devices are available. To request materials in accessible format, and/or any accommodation to attend an event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, please contact Stephanie Aponte, 786-573-5314, Saponte@smdcac.org, at least five days in advance to initiate your request, TYY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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