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Channeling the history of Latinos - Metro US

Channeling the history of Latinos

The phenomenal dancer Soledad Barrio — compact, smoldering, channeling the grief and passion of generations of Latinos — is the only woman onstage for her dance company’s, Noche Flamenca, current run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. In simple, elegant outfits she leads a group of men who sing, play guitar and hammer percussive rhythms on their bodies.

Though the program varies, its focus this year seems heavily political, with dance and song referencing both the Abraham Lincoln Brigades (the Americans and 40,000 foreigners who assisted the anti-Fascist forces in the Spanish Civil War) and the plight of refugees worldwide. Barrio — swooping, swirling, stamping her feet — dances like a woman possessed.

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