Noche Flamenca’s “Antigona” in the Time of Corona: At Home with Soledad Barrio and Martín Santangelo »
Bessie Award-winning bailaora/choreographer Soledad Barrio is an intuitive and internal performer who possesses a preternatural connection to her character. She identifies with Antigona, “one of [whose] character traits is to love more than herself. She’s very passionate, and her objective is to take care of her family. It’s related to my life to be connected with family. One part of flamenco is love, passion and concern about the family unit. I connect with that a lot, too.” Noche Flamenca’s production of “Antigona” at La MaMa in Manhattan, scheduled for March 19-April 5, was cancelled due to the corona virus travel restrictions from Europe in March. Then all of New York went into lockdown. Shut in with husband choreographer/producer Martín Santangelo, Barios says “I’m diving into the abyss so I can resuscitate when this is over.”
Havana-born Irene Rodríguez founded the Compañía Irene Rodriguez in 2012 and since then has received worldwide acclaim. She is an awardee of the Order “Isabel La Católica,” Spain’s highest civilian honor in recognition of the extraordinary conduct exemplified by the Spanish people, and for her contribution to fostering the friendship and cooperation of the Spanish Nation with the rest of the international community.
On 2 May, the Government of Spain has given us back a small fraction of our pre-COVID19 freedom. We were let out of our homes for a few hours. It was the beginning of the desescalada. The beginning of something that we don’t know for sure what. But it’s something that feels precious because somehow it smacks of rebirth. In the middle of all the uncertainty, there was one thing unequivocal: a deep sense of gratitude. We wouldn’t be here now, out on our first true taste of sunshine and the soft breeze of spring, without the healthcare workers who have put their own lives on the line so we could live. Their heroism is breathtaking. We’ve lived by the rules so that we all could live even though some of us hadn’t been able to make it. And we grieve for them.
“I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday [27 April], I became a father. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy. As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child.”
What I remember most about this Renaissance woman is that she was the kindest person on earth. I was a lucky child to have a mother like her!
Public health experts have warned that reopening the country too soon could prompt a second wave of coronavirus cases and undercut mitigation efforts, overwhelming the health-care system. Trump said that some states were in “good shape” to open quickly, before May 1st, if they wanted to, though other states may need to take longer.
Piazza San Marco: solemn, majestic, always full of tourists, now incredibly empty. Whatis there left for us these days? Perhaps the knowledge that the absurd
frenzy of our life, racing towards emptiness, is not inevitable.
Too many were not there on time when Italy needed a helping hand. For that, it is right that Europe as a whole offers a heartfelt apology. But now the real Europe is standing up, the one that is there for each other when it is needed the most. Now Europe is where paramedics from Poland and doctors from Romania save lives in Italy. Where ventilators from Germany provide a lifeline in Spain. Where hospitals in Czechia treat the sick from France. And where patients from Bergamo are flown to clinics in Bonn. . .