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Noche Flamenca expresses pain, repression at heart of flamenco

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This past weekend, Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca extended its “Ramas de Olivo” (Spanish for olive branch). Yet the audience at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center hardly found peace in the flamenco artists’ performance. Rather, watching, Barrio and her band of dancers, guitars and singers was more akin to experiencing an exorcism. Like many flamenco artists, this group was expressing the heart and soul of flamenco, which was wrought from pain, loss and repression. Barrio, ...

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