Popular Spanish touring dance company to perform in Scottsdale

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca in “Ay, te quiero Antigona,” 8 p.m.Friday and Saturday, April 24–25, in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.

Starring dancer Soledad Barrio, the internationally acclaimed dance troupe Noche Flamenca will perform its authentic Spanish flamenco on Friday and Saturday, April 24–25, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. (Submitted photo)

Starring dancer Soledad Barrio, the internationally acclaimed dance troupe Noche Flamenca will perform its authentic Spanish flamenco on Friday and Saturday, April 24–25, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. (Submitted photo)

Tickets start at $29 and are available through www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or 480-499-TKTS (8587).

Directed by Martin Santangelo and starring his Bessie Award-winning wife, Soledad Barrio, Noche Flamenca has become Spain’s most successful touring dance company.

The troupe will perform an evening of fiery, foot-stomping flamenco, including selections from its dramatic new work, “Antigona,” a theatrical interpretation of Sophocles’ classic story of strength and sacrifice.

Formed in 1993, Noche Flamenca regularly tours throughout the globe and has been hailed for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances.

All aspects of flamenco – dance, song and music – are interrelated and given equal weight in the presentations of Noche Flamenca, creating a true communal spirit within the company: the very heart and soul of flamenco.

Known for its powerful rhythms and emotional intensity, the music and dance of flamenco originated in Andalusia, a region of southern Spain that absorbed peoples of different cultures and backgrounds across many centuries, including Romani, Jews and Moors.

Mr. Santangelo will share insights into the art of flamenco and his company’s performance of “Antigona” during a pre-show talk 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25. The talk is free to ticket holders.

The nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale, Ariz., to manage Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue.

Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.

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