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Gorgeous Tongue

Lara Kramer

Channeling dreams, stories, and songs, Gorgeous Tongue, created by Anishinaabe choreographer Lara Kramer and performed by Jeanette Kotowich, embodies and celebrates Indigenous futurity.


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.

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.


Produced by Lara Kramer Danse
Conceived, Created, Set and Sound Design by Lara Kramer
Performed by Jeanette Kotowich
Guest artist François Bouvier
Outside Eye Peter James
Lighting Design and Technical Director Jo Vignola
Knowledge Keeper Ida Baptiste
Elder Emerson Ninigishki’ing
Techical Director Assistant Chloé Depommier

Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques + Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV
With the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Creative Residencies Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV + Compagnie Marie Chouinard + MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
Presented in association with Agora de la danse + Tangente

Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, on May 31, 2024

Written and translated by Julie Burelle


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Lara Kramer (Montreal/Tio'tià:ke/Mooniyaang)
Lara Kramer Danse

Lara Kramer is a choreographer and multidisciplinary artist of mixed Oji-Cree and Mennonite heritage. She lives and works in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyaang/Montreal. Her work, which is grounded in intergenerational relations and knowledge and the impacts of the Indian Residential Schools of Canada, has been presented across North America, Europe, Australia/Oceania and Martinique. 

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