the collaborations of Karen Dunn & Katya Moorman
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Mother Tongue

Fragments of memory, visually (dis)located then digitally manipulated 16mm film formed installations, placing choreographer Tami Stronach at the archaeological “dig site” she grew up on in pre-Revolutionary Iran. Interaction between dancer and image prove as intoxicating and elusive as memory itself.

Video in collaboration with choreographer Tami Stronach for her autobiographical evening length piece. Produced at PS 122, Dance Theater Workshop, and Willamsburg Art Nexus in NYC

 "Mother Tongue" is a solo by choreographer Tami Stronach about the process of tracing the evaporating threads of memories. Set to Persian folk songs and the sounds of the Persian language, Stronach searches for the familiar in the rhythms of what once was her mother tongue, now completely forgotten. Stronach was born in Iran to British and Israeli parents who were working there as archeologists. Her family fled during the revolution of 1979. In this dance, we transformed old film footage from an archeological site her parents were working on into a conversation with Tami's own excavation of how experience is captured in the body, in the way one moves and in the gestures that feel like home to us.

"Mother Tongue" is a solo by choreographer Tami Stronach about the process of tracing the evaporating threads of memories. Set to Persian folk songs and the sounds of the Persian language, Stronach searches for the familiar in the rhythms of what once was her mother tongue, now completely forgotten. Stronach was born in Iran to British and Israeli parents who were working there as archeologists. Her family fled during the revolution of 1979. In this dance, we transformed old film footage from an archeological site her parents were working on into a conversation with Tami's own excavation of how experience is captured in the body, in the way one moves and in the gestures that feel like home to us.