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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.

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.

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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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Media Coverage

“A compelling intergenerational view of the Indigenous experience in this country.”

Bill Brownstein, The Gazette, 21-10-2022, about To Have a Strong Heart

« C’est un spectacle tellurique et fantasmagorique, avec une touche de slapstick mélancolique, et il nous rappelle que l’harmonie fragile entre la beauté et l’ivresse, entre l’ordre et le chaos, entre la culture et la nature […], les cultures autochtones d’Amérique ne l’ont peut-être jamais perdue. »

Itay Sapir, Espace Art Actuel, 08-06-2021, about Them Voices

« L’artiste multidisciplinaire ose un solo poétique cohérent dans sa lenteur et ses séquences dépouillées, très évocatrices d’un univers autochtone réduit aux symboles de son histoire. »

Guylaine Massoutre, Spirale, 31-05-2021, about Them Voices

« Them Voices fait converger en un seul corps et en un seul lieu des siècles de mémoire collective et individuelle. »



Mégane Desrosiers, JEU Revue de théâtre, 28-05-2021, about Them Voices


“I’m still trying to situate this outer world in Gorgeous Tongue: it’s make-believe, a space station. There are multiple personas in the human non-human realm, moments of engaging with material objects in this other world. “Other” is a place to expand all possibilities. It’s bordering on Indigenous futurism.”

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