Mother Tongue is a performance with songs written by my mother translated into Láadan, the feminist constructed language created by linguist and science fiction novelist Suzette Haden Elgin in 1982. In 1983, at the age of 8, I received the “gift of tongues” while being baptised into charismatic Christianity. For this performance I studied the Láadan language while exploring extended vocal techniques such as speaking in tongues. By bringing these practices together, I hoped to create a performance that transmits my personal experiences and transforms the past while offering an artful perspective into the possibilities of feminist worldings.

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