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Anna Natt's
Mother Tongue

November 12, 2018
8pm/Doors 7:45pm
Movement Research at the Judson Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY

Mother Tongue is a collaboration between the performer and flamenco dancer Anna Natt and thereminist and vocalist Ursula Haese. The piece is composed of devotional Christian songs written by my mother in the 1970s translated into Láadan, the feminist constructed language conceived by linguist and science fiction novelist Suzette Hadin Elgin in her Native Tongue trilogy in 1984.

Mother Tongue is a way to honor my mother and the way she shared her lived female experience with me while exploring the notion of transversal timescale by re-translating the past in order to shape the future while offering an artful perspective into the possibilities of feminist worldings.

No reservations and admission is free. Seating is limited, please arrive early.

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Franklin Furnace Archive Announces the 2018-19 Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients

Initiated in 1985 with the support of Jerome Foundation, Franklin Furnace has annually awarded grants to early career artists selected by peer panel review to enable them to prepare major performance art works in New York.


The Ken Dewey Fund

Between 1959 and 1972 the unheralded yet pivotal New York artist Ken Dewey reimagined the function of art in society; now maybe the film about his life can do the same. All financial proceeds from the online release of the documentary film Ken Dewey – This Is A Test will be donated to create a new grant for artists. This new grant will enable an artist or scholar to work in New York City and create a piece of performance art or academic project inspired by some element of the film Ken Dewey – This Is A Test.

The film will be launched online February 14, 2018 and, much like Kickstarter campaigns, the grant will take effect only if $30,000 is raised in the first 6 months. If more funds are raised the grant will be run annually for as long as the funds regenerate. If less than $30,000 is raised, all funds will go to the mission of Franklin Furnace, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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