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Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca perform Spanish dance and music Jan. 26
Eisenhower Auditorium - University Park
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UNIVERSITY PARK (Monday, Jan. 7)—Soledad Barrio, one of the world’s most electrifying dancers, stars with her company Noche Flamenca in a Spanish dance and music performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in Penn State’s 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 for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $38 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $31 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255 . Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX . Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

Spain’s Noche Flamenca, directed by Barrio’s husband and guitarist Martín Santangelo, is one of the most authentic touring flamenco companies. 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.

“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.”

The Penn State International Dance Ensemble Endowment sponsors the presentation. Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Santangelo, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

Photos of Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca for media use are available to download at

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