The D.B. Clarke Theatre presents
A Dulcinea Langfelder & Co. production
The Canadian premiere of
A multidisciplinary creation by Dulcinea Langfelder & Co.
Directed by Alice Ronfard
One week only
Wednesday, November 12 – Wednesday, November 19, 2008
To see an inspiring excerpt of Dulcinea’s Lament please go to:
Ducinea’s Lament on YouTube (the show will be presented in English)
“No, I was not chaste…but I never made anyone pay!” – Dulcinea del Toboso
Montreal, October 2008- The D.B. Clarke Theatre presents Dulcinea Langfelder & Co.’s newest creation, Dulcinea’s Lament. Written and performed by respected actor, singer, dancer Dulcinea Langfelder and directed by the ever-creative Alice Ronfard, this humourous, sensitive and critical look behind the cloak of Cervantes’ muse, Dulcinea del Toboso, will entertain and enlighten. Dulcinea’s Lament recently made its world premiere at the Spiral Hall Theatre in Tokyo. Isabelle Bouvier, Director of the D.B. Clarke Theatre, is honoured to present this exciting new work, “For years the D.B. Clarke Theatre has played an important role in helping make diverse cultural productions available to the Concordia and greater Montreal communities. By presenting Dulcinea’s Lament, we hope to carry on this tradition.”
Join us in this new adventure; an eclectic, eccentric and energetic frolic into past and present human foibles…
Inspired by Don Quixote’s muse, Dulcinea del Toboso, multidisciplinary artist Dulcinea Langfelder takes on Cervantes’ ‘absent heroine’. Using her namesake from the novel, she expresses her vision of religious attitudes, the world and its history. In this multimedia theatre production, you don’t need to have read the book to know intuitively who Dulcinea is. This impressive performance, creatively weaving song, puppetry, spoken word and dance, will spellbind you. Director Alice Ronfard is thrilled to be on board with this latest show, having worked with Dulcinea on some of her earlier productions, “I have always felt passionate about the themes Dulcinea engages in. It was important for me to follow through with her on this particular creation.”
Don Quixote, the best selling book in the world after the Bible, speaks to the quest for righteousness against all odds. Langfelder addresses our divisions in this troubled, ‘post 9/11′ world, “I want the audience to leave the theatre more curious about the world and why we behave the way we do. I want them to feel more confident in themselves and less vulnerable to ‘group think’.” She continues, “I hope that people walk out ready to laugh at human foible rather than stress out over it!”
Directed by the wonderful Alice Ronfard, with the musical wisdom of Philippe Noireault and Danys Levasseur, the video prowess of Yves Labelle, the discerning designing eye of Ana Capellutto, the smoky lighting of Eric Gingras, the puppet and puppetry of Vincent Santes, the crazy choreography and concept of Dulcinea Langfelder, and championed by Honourable Colleagues: Erik Lapierre, Francis La Haye and Jean-François Bernier.
Dulcinea’s Lament – seven shows only
A presentation of the D.B. Clarke Theatre
1455 de Maisonneuve West, Guy metro
Reservations: Admission (514) 790-1245 www.admission.com (for information: 514 848-2424, ext. 4742)
Dates: Wed. 12, Thurs. 13, Fri. 14, Sat. 15, Tues. 18, Wed. 19 November at 8:00pm
Matinee: Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3:00 pm
28$ regular, $24 seniors, $22 students (service charges apply).
Group rates available
Dulcinea’s Lament is a co-production of the Carlsen Center (Overland Park, KS, USA), and is sponsored in Montreal thanks to the participation of Manulife Financial. Dulcinea Langfelder & Co. acknowledges with thanks the support of the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. The company benefited from creative residencies in Montreal at Hexagram, Usine C and la Place des Arts,
and in Bic at le Théâtre du Bic.
Dulcinea Langfelder –Playwright, Dulcinea del Toboso
Born in New York, Dulcinea studied dance for much of her life, then mime with the master, Étienne Decroux, in Paris. She has studied theatre with Eugenio Barba and Yoshi Oida (long time colleague of Peter Brook). She came to Montreal in 1978 to work with the troupe Omnibus, then briefly with Carbone 14. Enjoying her artistic liberty, Dulcinea works in theatre, cinema, music and musical theatre as choreographer and actress. She founded her company in 1985, and has created full length, multidisciplinary works that have toured extensively in four continents. Vicious Circle (1985), The Lady Next Door (1989), Hockey! O.K.? (1991), Portrait of a Woman with Suitcase (1994) and Victoria (1999) are her major works. Quand le Vautour Danse (1997) written by Abla Farhoud, was a co-production with Le Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui. Dulcinea has been described as, “Dancer? Sure. Comedienne? Of course. Singer? Accomplished. Mime? Polished. Performance artist? That, too. But they’re all means to an end — a delicate bittersweet kind of enigmatic human theatre that becomes far more than the sum of all its very disparate parts.” (Max Wyman, The Province)
Alice Ronfard – Director
Alice Ronfard’s path has been filled with multiple and diversified experiences. Having directed at least thirty plays, she has successfully explored the worlds of the classical (Molière, Rostand, Marivaux), stock (Schiller, Claudel), contemporary foreign (Gombrowicz, Koltès, Vinaver) and Quebec (Chaurette, Dubois) authors. During the last years, she also directed Yvonne, princesse de Bourgogne, which earned her a Masque Award, La Voix humaine by Cocteau, King by Vinaver, Floes by Sébastien Harrison and L’avare by Molière. Alice also directs opera workshops at the University of Montreal. Her next project will be Tristan & Iseult at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. Alice directed Dulcinea’s earlier works, Vicious Circle and The Lady Next Door.
About Dulcinea Langfelder & Co.
Dulcinea Langfelder & Co. exists to create and to perform works that break disciplinary and cultural barriers, in order to communicate on a profound level with a large and varied audience. In order to touch the audience with the content of the work, the form is as varied and unpredictable as the human spirit. In this way, acting, singing and interaction with projected images joins the art of movement. The innovative quality of the work is found in the juxtaposition and the surprising integration of the elements that compose the work. With the ultimate goal of living the powerful communion that is possible between artists and audience in a live performance, laughter and drama, in calculated doses, are always on the program. This company likes to tour, enriching its work by the encounter with people of all cultures and all ages. Dulcinea’s Lament is the company’s seventh work to be created since it was formed in 1985. Based in Montreal, countries that the company has toured to include: Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela.