An eloquent dance-poem on war, cultural tolerance and healing. Seven people journey from the present to the past before they return to meet the future.
Questioning the world and the need for change, the deepest current that unites us all is survival. Kaleidoscopes of light entwine with sonic movement, rhythms and vocals from nine living cultures and floor patterns inspired by sacred geometries.
Torres Strait Islands, India, Africa, Brazil, Polynesia, Indonesia and flamenco, capoeira and contemporary body percussion weave into unique poly-rhythmic scores.
It celebrates and illuminates our human race and the uniqueness and differences of human beings - their cultures, art forms and ‘mother tongues’.
In our shared existence with artificial intelligence coming to the fore, we must create a safe future for our histories. Mother Tongue is an important cultural conversation - at a time in our history when issues of heritage and cultural perspectives are such a critical component in building and maintaining a connected and interconnected society.
2014 Bangarra Theatres, Sydney. Presenter Annalouise Paul Dance Theatre.
Concept, Choreography, Direction | Annalouise Paul
Composition | Greg Sheehan, Tim Foley
Technology & Light Design | Toby Knyvett
Costume | Tobhiyah Stone Feller
Dramaturgy | Paschal Daantos Berry
Assistant Choreographer | Geraldine Balcazar
Cast | Andrea Adidi, Geraldine Balcazar, Aletta Fauzi, Tim Foley, Patrick Lartey, Gregory Lorenzutti, Govind Pillal
Producer | InPlay Arts, Annalouise Paul Dance Theatre
Duration: 60 minutes
Supported by Arts NSW, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Ausdance NSW
Choreography informed by cultural content is made in collaboration with the artists. All artists are deemed custodians of their respective cultures, rhythms and dances in this work.
Photography | Shane Rozario Videography | Tristan Baker