Spanish Guise Hides a Feisty Irish Spirit; EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE
Byline: BY VICKY ANDERSON Daily Post Staff
DANCE, passion, femininity, life and love are not what they appear - or maybe what 19thcentury society could not believe - in a new production that tells the life story of a flamboyant Spanish dancer who wasn't everything she seemed.
Lola, at the Unity Theatre on Friday and Saturday, is about Lola Montez - an Irish-born, self-taught dancer who made her own way in times when women were more often to be seen, rather than heard.
She was, in fact, born Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, in County Sligo, in 1821, but, as an adult, she reinvented herself as Lola Montez and went on to perform throughout the world, seducing many wealthy and influential men on the way, including Franz Liszt and King Ludwig I of Bavaria.
Lola led a tumultuous and often scandalous life, living the life of a celebrity, but dying alone at just 39.
Hers was, according to director Emily Gray, artistic director of Trestle Productions, a story that begged to be told.
She said: "I read a biography of her and she leapt out at me. I thought this woman needs to be celebrated and put on stage. …