The Motorway is a 45 minutes play based on the story The Southern Thruway by Argentinian writer Julio Cortázar. The narrative engages metaphorically with the condition of being stuck in a traffic jam for an extensive length of time. In this setting, the characters unfold and develop various relationships of cooperation thus, reflecting small societal groupings and their whereabouts.
Through that the play explores universal themes of hope and despair, love and death, transient communities and interpersonal relations. For that reason, although, the story was originally created within a different cultural setting, it resonates with an Aotearoa/New Zealand context as it addresses topical and current issues, challenges today’s fast pace life and celebrates human connection that cuts across cultures.
Thus, it demonstrates shared humanity. This play is interdisciplinary in nature; an amalgamation of storytelling techniques, physical theatre, stylized choreography, and a bilingual text. By using English and Spanish languages and a Latin American text, The Motorway opens the performance to a wider audience with different cultural backgrounds, that reflects not only the local diverse community of Dunedin but the wider national community of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
"She uses all the wide range of conventions of physical theatre, choreographed movement and vocal range that are at her command as a versatile and polished performer" - Elspeth Tilley - Arts on Wednesday- Massey University
List of creatives Involved Richard Huber - Director
Sofia Kalogeropoulou - Choreographer
Trigger warnings/Content forecasts (Eg. subject matter, haze, flashing lights, weapons etc.) Flashing lights