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The Canadian premiere of Dulcinea’s Lament

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2008 at 4:56 pm

The D.B. Clarke Theatre presents

A Dulcinea Langfelder & Co. production

The Canadian premiere of

Dulcinea’s Lament

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 (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.



In Uncategorized on October 28, 2008 at 8:00 pm

The Simone de Beauvoir Institute, The History Department & Women’s Press Toronto are proud to present

Women’s Press Book Launch & signing session




(Women’s Press, Toronto)

Barbara Meadowcroft holds a PhD in Canadian Literature from McGill University. Since 1988 she has been a research associate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University. She is the author of Painting Friends: The Beaver Hall Women Painters (Véhicule Press, 1999).

When: Thursday, November 13th

5:00pm – 7:00pm


Where: Atrium in the Library Building 10th Floor

Department of History

1400 Maisonneuve W

A light lunch will be served



For additional Information please contact:

Yasmine Amor

Events Coordinator/Coordonnatrice des événements,

(514)848-2424 x2373

Trish Salah @ A Symposium In Honour of Barbara Godard

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Trish Salah is a Montreal-based writer and a teacher at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University and in the Department of Sociology at Bishops’.

She writes poetry, fiction, and criticism and her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including most recently, Sexing the Maple: A Canadian Source Book, and the online journal Drunken Boat. Recent performance credits include Le Mois de la Performance, GenderCrash, The Scream in High Park: Her Poetics, Cabaret In Transit and Poets Against the War. Her first book of poetry, Wanting in Arabic, was published by TSAR Books in 2002 and she has writing forthcoming in Atlantis and in Canadian Theatre Review.




December 5-6, 2008

Pia Bouman School

(6 Noble Street — Queen and Dufferin, West of the Gladstone Hotel)

This symposium celebrates Barbara Godard’s long career as a theorist, teacher, mentor and activist.

Poets, artists and academics will convene for a day and a half of readings, screenings and roundtables to discuss Barbara Godard’s extensive influence on generations of writers, artists and scholars in Canada.

The event culminates in the launch of the long awaited Canadian Literature at the Crossroads of Language and Culture. Essays by Barbara Godard.

Keynote Speakers: Nicole Brossard and Daphne Marlatt

A full schedule of the event, plus a map and a virtual guestbook, is available at

For the Symposium Committee,

Elena Basile




Friday, December 5

6:30 pm (Main Theatre)

Welcome by Julia Creet (Chair, Department of English, York University)

6:45 pm (Main Theatre)

Concert by The Barbara Godard Music Ensemble

7 pm (Main Theatre)

Keynote Address

Introduction by Smaro Kamboureli (Transcanada Institute, University of Guelph)

Speakers: Nicole Brossard and Daphne Marlatt

8: 30 pm (Main Theatre)

Performance by Penn Kemp

9:00 pm (Lobby)


Visual Art curated by Cheryl Sourkes

Saturday, December 6

8:30 Breakfast

9:00 am (Main Theatre)

Film Screening of NFB film: Mademoiselle Barbara, Introduced by Zoe Druick (SFU)

9:45-10:30 (Main Theatre)

Poetry Reading

Mary Di Michele, Trish Salah, Di Brandt

10:30 – 12:30 (Main Theatre)

Tessera between Languages and Generations.A Roundtable with members of Tessera’s editorial collectives.

Chair: Elena Basile. Participants: Katherine Binhammer, Louise Cotnoir, Lauren Gillingham, Jennifer Henderson, Susan Knutson, Daphne Marlatt, Kathy Mezei, Lianne Moyes, Julie Murray, Gail Scott, Patricia Seaman, Cheryl Sourkes.

12:30 -2:00 pm Lunch Break

2:15 – 3:00 (Main Theatre)

Poetry Reading

Louise Cotnoir, Nathalie Stephens, Lola Tostevin

3:00 – 5:00 (Main Theatre)

Academic Generations

A roundtable with past and present students of Barbara Godard.

Chair: Kate Eichhorn (New School). Participants: Marielle Aylen (UWO), Julia Emberley (UWO), Eva Karpinsky (York), Brenda Longfellow (York), Sophie McCall (SFU), Astrida Nemanis (York), Jeremy Stolow (Concordia).

5:00 – 5:45 (Main Theatre)

Poetry Reading

NourbeSe Philip, Margaret Christakos, Gail Scott

5:45 (Main Theatre)

Closing Remarks by Ray Ellenwood (York)

6:00 – 7:00pm Dinner Break

7:30 pm

Book Launch

Canadian Literature at the Crossroads of Language and Culture: Selected Essays by Barbara Godard. Ed. Smaro Kamboureli, NeWest Press, 2008.


In Uncategorized on October 28, 2008 at 7:22 pm


Paragraphe Bookstore presents an author talk and signing with Nicole Brossard and Karen Houle on Thursday, October 30. Brossard will read from her Griffin-shortlisted volume of poetry, Notebook of Roses and Civilization, and Houle will read from her collection, During (Gaspereau, 2008).

Nicole Brossard and Karen Houle in Montreal
Where: Paragraphe Bookstore, 2220 Avenue McGill College Montreal, QC
When: Thursday, October 30, 2008
6:30 p.m.

The Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Canada’s first women’s studies program, turns 30.

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Read our story on concordia’s website !

The Dark Side of Human Rights: A Postcolonial Reflection

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Speaker: Ratna Kapur

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 5:00 pm

Place: Moot Court, Faculty of Law, McGill University,

Contact: Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and McGill Faculty of Law

Please join us on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 20th anniversary of the prestigious John Humphrey Lecture Series at McGill. Kapur’s lecture will interrogate the foundational claims of human rights as a progressive, forward-looking, universal project, as well as the assumptions about the liberal subject on which it is based. Her talk reveals the dark side of the human rights project and how it has been based on assumptions about difference, the cultural ‘Other.’

Kapur is a leading Indian legal scholar, the Director of the Centre for Feminist Legal Research in New Delhi, and a lecturer at the Indian Society for International Law. She publishes and lectures extensively on issues of international law, human rights, feminist legal theory and postcolonial theory, and she has held numerous international academic appointments.

Kaarina Kailo visits Montreal

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2008 at 6:13 pm

BPW Montréal Book Launch & Speaker’s


Dr. Kaarina Kailo, speaks on the International Women’s Movement and launches her latest book, “Wo(men) and Bears–the Gifts of Nature, Culture and Gender Revisited” (Innanna Press & Education, Toronto)

Kaarina Kailo, Ph.D. from University of Toronto in comparative literature has held numerous positions in women’s studies, principal and associate professor of Simone de Beauvoir Institute in Montreal, first professor of women’s studies and multiculturalism at Oulu University, Finland. She has published over 70 articles and has edited or co-edited numerous books on Indigenous women’s issues in North American and Finland, on the gift economy and globalization, on gendered violence and healing, women’s spirituality and ecofeminism, postcolonial theory and the literature of Northern women.

Thursday, November 20th

5:30pm – 6:30pm


6:30pm – 8:00pm



Payable by cash or check at the door

To reserve your place, please contact Erin Kennedy at


No-shows and cancellations received after November 17TH are subject to

A $30 administration fee

St. James Club

1145 Union Avenue

Montreal (514) 866-7474

Boy I Am is presented @ Concordia

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2008 at 5:58 pm

An open Film Screening as part of WSDB: 498Q: Transsexual and Transgender Cultural Production

The 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy  and  Simone de Beauvoir Institute present:



Film Screening and Q&A

Thursday, October 30th 2008 @ 8PM

1455 De Maisonneuve west room: H-762

Concordia University Hall


“Boy I Am” tackles the resistance of some women in feminist and
lesbian communities who view FTM transitioning as at best a “trend”
at worst an anti-feminist act that taps into male privilege.

This groundbreaking film opens up a dialog between the lesbian, feminist, and transgender communities while also promoting understanding of transgender issues for general audiences.

“Boy I Am” is an open Film Screening as part of WSDB: 498Q:
Transsexual and Transgender Cultural Production

2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy
2110 Mackay (metro Guy-Concordia)
tel: 514-848-2424 ext. 7431

November 21st: The Institute Celebrates its 30th anniversary

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Schedule of events:

Panel discussion with former Principals of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute :

Maïr Verthuy

Arpi Hamalian
Elizabeth Henrik

Barbara Meadowcroft (for Marianne Ainley)

Kaarina Kailo

Fran Shaver

Candis Steenbergen (for Lillian Robinson),

Viviane Namaste
Chantal Maillé

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m
Alumni & Student Panels:

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Michelle Ohnona

Joanne Beaudoin

Alison Carpenter

Penny Cadrain

Carina Foran

Pamela Lamb

Yasmine Amor

3:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Cocktails with speech by Interim Dean Joanne Locke: 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m
Dinner and keynote address by Concordia President, Dr. Judith Woodsworth:
There will be a vegetarian option.
6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m

You can register at:

The cost of registration is $35.00 per person ($10.00 for current students).

All events will be held at:

The Montefiore Club
1195 Guy St.

Montreal, QC

This event was made possible with the financial support of the

Office of the Dean of Arts and Science, Joanne Locke.

Students were subsidized by the Dean of Students,

Dr. Elizabeth Morey and the Institute.

The Institute would also like to acknowledge the help and support of the

Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations.

For more information, contact Derek Linetsky at 514-848-2424, ext. 5629, or

Wheel Chair Accessible

The Simone de Beauvoir Institute presents Dr.Chengiah Ragaven: Crimes Against Humanity The Trafficking of Women Internationally

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2008 at 9:26 pm

Dr Chengiah Ragaven is a faculty member of a recently established department of International studies at the Central Connecticut State University and he is one of the first male research associates of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute since 1986. He also published several articles, reviewed several books, and produced and directed The Ragaven Interview. His specific area of interest has been Women in liberation Struggles and Social Change around the world. He particularly contributed to women’s issues in South Africa, USA and Canada and he focused on Women and Children during war as “Collateral Damage”.

He spoke, last year during the Fall Research seminar at the Institute, about Women and Wars-Militarized Violence against women. We are very proud to welcome him this year for this very important lecture on women trafficking.

The Simone de Beauvoir Institute presents

Dr. Chengiah Ragaven

Crimes Against Humanity The Trafficking of Women Internationally

Friday, October 17th, 2008


@ The Simone de Beauvoir Institute

2170 Bishop MU101

Info: (514)848-2373 or