Emotionally Powerful! Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca Present Antigona at Z Space (February 15, 2017)

Antigona is the flamenco interpretation of Sophocles’ classic play. These two emotional art forms come together and create an extremely intense production. The entire performance is in Spanish, except for one brief monologue. Surtitles are displayed above and they contain as few words as possible so it can be read quickly, however, this results in a loss of detail about the story.  

The opening scene is exceptionally theatrical. A giant silk sheet is waved as the actors come in to it and then retreat backwards. When the actors finally exit the silk, they have masks on the backs of their heads and are moving in unison.

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Soledad Barrio is incredible as she spins and stomps across the stage. Soledad designed the choreography for the show and the dancers display her influence throughout the emotionally powerfull performance.

The music is extremely moving. The score was created by Eugenio Iglesias, Salva de Maria, & Martín Santangelo for this show. The quick classical guitar playing produces an energetic mood that perfectly synchronizes with the dancing.

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The performance runs for a few minutes over an hour and half. The length of this powerful show is a bit of an exhausting experience; an intermission would be helpful in allowing the audience to catch their breath.

Catch Antigona at Z Space through February 25th!

Quinn Delaney

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