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13th February 2009, 9:51am
Colourful life of flamenco dancer Lola under spotlight at LPAC
LOLA: The Life of Lola Montez The dramatic real life story of an infamous 19th Century flamenco dancer whose romantic liaisons scandalised the world is the inspiration behind a colourful new production at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Lola Montez was one of the world’s first female celebrities – known as much for her antics off the stage as her performances on it. As a dancer, actress and courtesan, she toured the globe, seducing kings, composers and wealthy businessmen on her way.

Trestle Theatre Company will tell the story of her turbulent but inspiring life in LOLA: The Life of Lola Montez. The show will be staged at the LPAC, on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford campus, on Monday 9 March.

When she died in 1861 at the age of 39, Lola Montez was one of the world’s most famous women. But the public perception of her was a complex blend of fact and fiction – with much of the myth woven by Lola herself.

In truth, Lola was born in Ireland in 1821 as Elisabeth Rosanna Gilbert. After becoming estranged from her family as a teenager, she travelled to Spain where she reinvented herself as a hot-headed flamenco dancer.

Lola’s tall tales, and the sometimes differing accounts of her travelling companions, are delivered through a vibrant blend of flamenco dance and live music. The show plays with notions of the truths and fictions which underpin public and private personas, as well contemplating the personal cost of fame.

Time Out magazine said the production “is a real-life picaresque romp through the courts and theatres of nineteenth-century Europe".

Victoria Simpson, Venues, Events and Programme Manager at the LPAC, said: “The story of Lola Montez is one few people nowadays will have heard, but she could be considered one of the world’s first female celebrities. Despite her raucous lifestyle, she is considered by some to be a real heroine and feminist pioneer. Trestle’s interpretation of her life is full of dancing, music and humour and raises issues about the nature of fame which are still extremely relevant to the modern day.”

LOLA: The Life of Lola Montez will be staged at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford campus on Monday 9 March. Doors open at 7pm with the performance starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 (concessions £8, students and under-18s £5). They are available now from , 0844 888 4414 or the Engine Shed and LPAC Box Office, which is open Monday to Sunday from 10am until 4pm.

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