Mother Tongue is a sculpture park of exotic forms, weaving the dances, rhythms and languages of Torres Strait Islands, South India, West Africa, Indonesia and Pacifica with Flamenco, Contemporary body percussion and live music. It explores human adaptation, our shared territories and celebrates the differences between human beings. Our audiences will be invited to ‘play’ within the interactive set outside of show times and the entire immersive experience will resonate long after leaving the theatre.
Australia’s passion for rich multi-cultures is expressed eloquently in Mother Tongue. This seminal work will play an important part in shaping our national identity. The urgent conversation about our need to connect and protect all lifeforms: is at its heart. This work accurately reflects our society, and it asks the audience to share a vision of themselves, as Australians in a rapidly changing world.
A defining aspect of Annalouise Paul’s practice and central to the intention of Mother Tongue is undertaking creative development in Sydney’s multicultural communities. It gives expression to marginalised artists and groups by putting their cultures centre stage.
Equally, we are committed to reaching as many multicultural audience members as possible, welcoming diverse peoples into Australia’s arts and cultural sphere, presenting them with stories that reflect their heritages and creating a sense of belonging through social connection.
Furthermore, we will invite local council members and community leaders as part of Mother Tongues’ premiere season and national tour to showcase the beauty and creativity of their diverse communities.
We will be inviting emerging artists to lead creative workshops for community groups and receive ongoing professional mentoring. Participants will have the opportunity to join creative writing and visual arts sessions in their locality and to have their works exhibited as part of Mother Tongue performance season.
Our venue partners across western Sydney are guiding us in reaching out to artists and groups such as Children and Women living with disadvantage, First Nations, Newly arrived Migrants, Refugee and Asylum seekers.
We have received support for the project from its inception in 2008 from Create NSW, Australia Council, Ausdance NSW, Critical Path and Bundanon Trust to name a few. And even though we anticipate a strong box office we want to make sure that everyone can afford to see this ambitious debut production. This takes the additional help through your gifts small and large.
Our first champion, the Adès Family Foundation has generously donated $10,304.
We aim to raise another $30,000 before June 30, 2020.
When you donate to us you will play an important role in securing Mother Tongue’s world premiere season with Sydney Festival in 2021.
Your gift will be used towards;
- Community Engagement: Goal $16,000
- Creative writing and visual arts workshops.
- Low-priced tickets for marginalised groups.
- Welcome to Country Aboriginal elders.
- Extra session for Community groups to observe rehearsals.
- Kinetic technology demonstrations.
- Creative Development: Goal $14,000
- Increased Artist fees (to off-set Covid-19 period).
- Design and Print show programs.
- Engage Publicist.
- Increase Social Media budget.
- Evaluator to survey audiences.
If we exceed our target, your donation will contribute to our future plans;
- Touring nationally and internationally: Goal $30,000
- Touring Producer Fees.
- Artist Travel costs.
- Development officer to raise further funds.