Pilar Rioja Gramercy Arts Theatre, New York
By Hilary Ostlere for The Financial Times
Pilar Rioja is one of our most constant presences in Spanish dance, a highly esteemed practitioner who returns to New York regularly. At 70 her fire burns as brightly as ever. She's still able to convincingly project a young girl in love as easily as a mourning matriarch. Her castanet playing remains crisply defined, her footwork as fierce or light as the dance requires. She is indubitably an artist at the height of her powers who has the emotional intensity of a Martha Graham or a Callas.
Her recitals, carefully planned to show her off in the little jewel box of a theatre surrounds her with excellent musicians, in this case Flamenco singers Alfonso Cid and David Castellano and guitarists José Luis Negrete and Arturo Martínez with Pablo Zinger at the piano. click for more