'Victoria' residency to feature performances, discussions

Victoria imageDulcinea Langfelder and Company’s “Victoria” will visit SUNY Oswego and the community for a series of performances and workshops focusing on Alzheimer’s disease. 

Performances of the one-woman show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 2 and 3, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. 

Langfelder’s residency will include a talk about the creative process behind “Victoria” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Room 102 of Tyler Hall. A workshop discussion about Alzheimer’s disease with Langfelder and Dr. Smita Kittur will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at St. Luke Health Services, 299 E. River Road in Oswego.

“We are so excited to have ‘Victoria’ here in our community,” said Mary Avrakotos, coordinator of the sponsoring Artswego Performing Arts Series. “It’s a wonderful production about the perseverance of the human spirit in the face of adversity. ‘Victoria’ tells the inspiring story of a woman afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, yet who maintains her humor and vibrancy.”

Langfelder stars as the aging Victoria, a woman navigating life with Alzheimer’s and bringing only her sense of humor and imagination for the journey. “Teetering on the brink of physical and emotional impossibility, ‘Victoria’ is her best work yet,” the Gazette of Montreal noted of Langfelder’s performance and creativity.

Langfelder’s Feb. 1 talk on campus will address the creative development of “Victoria” and how she employs simple technology and a multitude of artistic disciplines to discover a world that is both moving and funny. She also will discuss her next production, a piece about Dulcinea del Toboso of “Don Quixote” fame. This workshop will be free and open to the public.

For the Feb. 4 luncheon workshop at St. Luke, Langfelder will talk about developing the role of Victoria based on her research on Alzheimer’s disease, and Kittur will discuss new developments in the treatment of the disease. Registration for this event is $4.50 or free with a ticket stub from one of the “Victoria” performances. To register, call St. Luke Health Services at 342-3166.

The performance is supported by the SUNY Oswego Office of International Education and Programs. It is also part of the college’s Arts and Psychology programming series.

Tickets for the full-length performances cost $16 for adults; $12 for seniors and students; and $7 for SUNY Oswego students. At the shows, the Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York will provide materials that include community resources and other information for caregivers and families. 

For more information or reservations for the evening performances, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or tickets@oswego.edu.

CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581, artswego@oswego.edu

(Posted: Jan 20, 2006)