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Viola Léger conjures up La Sagouine at Segal Centre once more

5 avril 2011

The legendary 80-year-old  actress Viola Léger has returned to stage one more time to embody Antonine Maillet’s famous character La Sagouine in an outstanding performance, after having played the role more than 1400 times in English and French across Canada.

The decor is simple and evokes that of a small fisherman’s cabin in early 20th century New Brunswick. And in comes La Sagouine, a woman of a thousand tales about the joys and hardships of life in small town Bouctouche. Her voice is husky and raspy, sometimes mischievous, sometimes filled with emotions – a voice that has told the story of La Sagouine for decades but still resonates vividly today.

The English version lives up to the original one, her accent is purposely francophone and her stories are interspersed with “Oh ben”, “Sainte-Marie!” or “Ouai Ouai”.

After the intermission, the set is morestylized and the lighting evokes the approach of spring. The anecdotes become more trivial and the audience, conquered by Viola Léger’s rawness and sweetness, wonders with her about the passage of time, the transience of seasons and rests, for a moment, on a bench with her in the spring sun.

La Sagouine at Segal Centre until April 10, 2011

Viola Léger

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