At 17, she traveled to Europe for the first time, and discovered a small pantomime theater in Tivoli Garden, in Copenhagen. The stage was empty. She imagined mime – which she knew nothing about – as an artform that combined dance and theatre, and decides that it was what she wanted to do.
She spent a year in London, at the Ovalhouse, a theater and youth club, where she worked alongside marginalised young artists… a few of whom would become stars, like John Ratzenberger (Cheers) and Pierce Brosnan (Bond). She took mime classes given by Iris Walton, a student of Étienne Decroux, who encouraged her to go work with the mime master (who is already 84).
In 1975, she went to Paris to study with Étienne Decroux and also took 6 classes of classical ballet a week. When Decroux’s assistants, Jean Asselin and Denise Boulanger, returned to Montreal to establish their company, they invited Dulcinea to join La Troupe Omnibus so she moved to Montreal in 1978. In Paul Buissonneau’s warehouse, where Omnibus rehearsed, Dulcinea discovered a hoop, whose diameter was exactly her height. She started working with this object that would become her talisman. She left Omnibus in 1982, and Paul gave her the hoop which would follow her everywhere until 1993.
She founded her own company in Montreal in 1985: Virtuous Circle Dancetheatre, that, in 1997, became Dulcinea Langfelder & Co., creating and performing works that transcend disciplinary and cultural boundaries and resonate with a broad audience around the world. Over the past twenty-five years, her productions have toured throughout North America as well as to Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
Born in New York, Dulcinea is one of the artists at the core of Montreal’s reputation for outstanding multi-disciplinary creations. Dulcinea integrates dance, physical theatre, music, multi-media as a 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. With interactive technology, she fuses all this into a simple poetic-magical absurdity that makes us see the unbearable vulnerability of ordinary people with fresh eyes and fresh sympathy.
Enjoying her artistic liberty, Dulcinea has also worked in theatre, cinema, music and musical theatre as choreographer and/or actress. Her versatility and her inspired performances garnered her «Personality of the Year in Dance», an honor given by the major Montreal daily,La Presse, in 1990. Vicious Circle (1985), The Lady Next Door (1989), Hockey! O.K.? (1991), Portrait of a Woman with Suitcase (1994) Victoria (1999) and Dulcinea’s Lament (2008) have won hearts, minds and various prizes, Her latest work, Pillow Talk, an Essay on Dreaming (2016) premiered in Montreal to critical acclaim . These works are translated and performed in several languages.
Dulcinea Langfelder is represented globally by John Lambert & Assoc.