Dulcinea Langfelder - Compagne des arts et des lettres du Québec
Do you know the story of the little girl who couldn’t stop running with a hoop her own size? It’s the story of Dulcinea Langfelder and her first solo that looked like nothing that came before it, but that encompassed everything.
Cercle Vicieux/Vicious Circle was magical, original, moving, and joyful like a bird taking flight. Trained in mime, dance, and theatre, Dulcinea Langfelder had invented a multidisciplinary art form based on movement that integrated acrobatics, butō, and spoken word. The American artist put down roots in fertile ground for visionaries: Québec, which had also adopted the immigrant who handed her the celebrated hoop, Paul Buissonneau.
Inspired by the object turned talisman, the one-woman-show Dulcinea Langfelder went from Cercle Vicieux/Vicious Circle to Cercle Vertueux/Virtuous Circle, merging her eclectic creative approach with her social and community engagement. She put heart and soul into her body in movement to talk about love, aging, excess, illness, resilience, and the main sociopolitical issues of our time. In 35 years, she has presented her work in eight languages in some 15 countries, using her downtime to choreograph for the stage and screen and share her experience.
Off the beaten track, Dulcinea Langfelder has brought together solitudes, diversities, and generations by addressing delicate subjects with sensitivity, intelligence, humour, and whimsy. She remained the little girl who wanted to change the world through revolutions on a stage. Her triumphant story keeps coming full circle.
About the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec
The Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec is a distinction bestowed by CALQ honouring those individuals who have played a prominent role in Québec's artistic development.
The CALQ would like to thanks its partners, the Caisse de la Culture and the newspaper Le Devoir.