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Mavis Gallant Stories

'An engaging mix of texture, page, musical notes and movie frame.'  The Evening Telegram on a preview version of Moore-Gallant: a docudance ; Oct 12, 2012

Louise Moyes presents a new docudance based on the works of expat Montreal writer Mavis Gallant, who has lived in Paris since 1950, and Newfoundland writer Lisa Moore, who lives in St. John’s. Both acclaimed short story writers, their rich lives, words and the rhythms of language lend themselves ideally to a Louise Moyes' docudance:

"My second wife, Juliette, died in the apartment on Rue de Lille, where she had lived – at first alone, more or less, then with me – since the end of the war.... We often talked about looking for a brighter flat, on a top floor with southern exposure and a wide terrace, but Parisians seldom move until they’re driven to. “We know the worst of what we’ve got,” we told each other, “It’s better than a bad surprise.” An excerpt from Mavis Gallant's Rue de Lille.



Festival of New Dance blogger, Candace Fulford on the Mavis Gallant Preview:
This highly entertaining narrative by Mavis Gallant led us carefully through this docudance…I was wrapped up in a story telling circle with various narrators, all giving me their own versions of the same story in someone else’s living room…. comedic moments and movements…

Festival of New Dance reviewer Joan Sullivan: "Docudance is a format Moyes has created and pioneered. It brings multiple media into play in a work that holds movement as its core.... The show moves swiftly, dialogue becoming song, dance often set to [voice-over]…‘Mavis Gallant’, in full flow, carries us along in an engaging mix of texture, page, music and movie frame.