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Modern Chaplin tells the feeling of no memory

Canada's Dulcinea Langfelder, renowned for recapturing the comic tradition of Charlie Chaplin, will perform "Victoria" for the "Solo Soul" series in July, to be presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

"Victoria", based on a text by Charles Fariala, is a multi-media production that roams between reality and imagination.

"Victoria" had lost her memory, her cat, control over her life as well as her bladder but not her zest for life. Her wheelchair was also her rocking chair, her prison, her tango partner and her flying chariot. She savoured every moment and celebrated small, remaining victories of love and imagination. This was a humorous, warm, loving look at ageing woman.

In her performance, Dulcinea Langfelder will tell the poignant tale of death and dying. Langfelder's creations juxtapose elements of acting, singing and interaction with projected images, in richly textured narratives. She studied dance in New York with Paul Sanasardo, mime with Etienne Decroux in Paris, and theatre with Eugenio Barba and Yoshi Oida. She recaptures the comic tradition of Chaplin, with an original and a very contemporary twist, through clever use of technology and multiple disciplines.

The performance will be staged at 8 pm from July 2 to 4 (Friday to Sunday) at the Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets priced at $160 and $100 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients, while Friends of LCSD performing venues receive a 10% discount. For group booking discount schemes, please refer to programme leaflets.

For ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for Internet bookings, visit . For more programme details, visit

There will be a post-performance meet-the-artists session to be held on July 2. Patrons are welcome to stay after the show to meet Langfelder.

Artists and technicians of all disciplines are welcome to attend a master class with Langfelder as instructor at 2 pm on July 4 (Sunday) at the GR1, 6/F, Grand Theatre Backstage, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Admission is free. Those who are interested, please enrol at 2268 7323.

Other coming attractions of the Solo Soul series include "Metalove" by Daniel Yeung (June 18 and 19 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre), "The Silent and the Obscure" by Wong Bik-wan (June 17 to 20 at Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre), and dance solo by Vincent Mantsoe from South Africa (July 9 to 11 at Hong Kong Cultural Centre).

Ends/Tuesday, May 18, 2004
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