Moira Fortin - The Collective

Saturday August 24th - 6:30pm. Random Stage.

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

Trigger warnings/Content forecasts: Flashing Lights



Dr Moira Fortin, actress and Lecturer at the Programme of Languages and Cultures at the University of Otago. As a performer and an interdisciplinary researcher, working across Theatre Studies and Languages and Cultures, Dr Fortin has been successfully contributing to the body of knowledge regarding Rapa Nui/ Easter Island. Prior to moving to Aotearoa, Fortin conducted research in Chile, specifically in Rapa Nui (1999 - 2012) where she was the team leader of the pre-production of the trailer of a TV series called Katamarangi. In 2016, Fortin completed a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, entitled Tensions and Possibilities: The Interplay of ‘Traditional’ Cultural Elements and the Creation of Contemporary Rapanui, Māori and Samoan diasporic Theatre. Since 2017 Fortin has been performing in The Motorway in Dunedin and Wellington. In 2018 Fortin performed The Motorway and The Subterranean based on the book Sub-terra by the Chilean Baldomero Lillo at the Dunedin Fringe Festival where she was nominated as Best Performer.


Creatives Involved

  • Richard Huber - Director

  • Sofia Kalogeropoulou - Choreographer