Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca
San Francisco, CA
February 14, 2017
by Rita Felciano
copyright © 2017 Rita Felciano
We probably didn't need a supertitle declaring a newly appointed ruler's desire to "make Thebes great again" to hear echoes. Throughout its eighty minutes this re-conception of Sophocles' "Antigone" periodically sent shivers through Z Space, San Francisco's cavernous warehouse theater where wails and stomping feet disappeared into the surrounding vastness. Maybe only Jean Anouilh's 1944 version, created during the darkest days of France's Nazi occupation, called up more resonance. Yet female strength speaking truth to power is not exactly outdated history. Martín Santangelo's passionately envisioned, superbly performed "Antigona" has a few missteps in terms of length and in Haemon's (Juan Ogalla) weakly drawn character, his impressive, lengthy zapateado not withstanding. (You can partly blame Sophocles for that). Still, this "Antigona," first presented in 2015, is a masterful realization of what might be seen as one extended cante jondo.
Noche Flamenco in "Antigona" Photo: Chris Bennion