Gorgeous Tongue

Born out of two artists’ chemistry and kinship, this solo oscillates between the need for regulation and the discovery of a new appetite. Following Windigo (2018, FTA) and Them Voices (2021 and 2022, FTA), Lara Kramer explores the need and drive for pleasure and the strength of instinctual connections.

“And we are asked, “Do you still want to go?” This is them stories of our journey from the stars. Of how we came to be.

Somewhere amongst all these strands, we are weaving our imagination. Dreaming for hard loving and future journeys. Transporting in soft gorgeous tongue.” ~ Lara Kramer

Anchored in this world and orbiting a universe beyond, a lone performer unfolds memories on stage through rhythmic scores. For Gorgeous Tongue, Lara Kramer invites Nêhiyaw/Métis dance artist Jeanette Kotowich to embody stories, dreams, and songs that stem from Lara’s Anishinaabe lineage. Entering Kramer’s artistic constellation, Kotowich performs multiple movement sequences to embrace the past and usher in a new world. Gorgeous Tongue is a celebration of Indigenous transmission, transformation, and futurity.

1 hr 10 min.
Lara Kramer
Conceived, Created, Set and Sound Design
Lara Kramer
Jeanette Kotowich
Guest Artist
François Bouvier
Outside Eye
Peter James
Lighting Design and Technical Director
Jo Vignola
Knowledge Keeper
Ida Baptiste
Emerson Ninigishki’ing
Techical Director Assistant
Chloé Depommier
Festival TransAmériques + Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV
Creative Residencies
Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV + Compagnie Marie Chouinard + MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
With the support
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec
Presented in association
Agora de la danse + Tangente
Premiered at
Festival TransAmériques on May 31, 2024
Written and translated
Julie Burelle

© 2024 Lara Kramer