Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2017-18

(Berlin, Germany)Anna Natt


Anna Natt was trained in traditional flamenco dance with Miliagros Menjíbar, Carmen Ledesma and Manolo Soler at La Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco in Seville, Spain. She furthered her studies with various contemporary flamenco dancers, most notably Israel Galván. In 2005 she moved to Berlin, where she is currently based. Her work explores the intersection of flamenco and performance art, often incorporating video. Her projects in the past few years have focused on collaborations with musicians and composers. Although originally trained as a flamenco dancer, she draws inspiration from somatic and contemporary practices. Using this method, she attempts to cultivate a deeper understanding of the body and its nuances. A connection to trance and dream states is also a central theme in her work.

Project Description

Mother Tongue is a performance with songs written by my mother translated into Láadan, the feminist constructed language created by linguist and science fiction novelist Suzette Haden Elgin in 1982. In 1983, at the age of 8, I received the “gift of tongues” while being baptised into charismatic Christianity. For this performance I will study the Láadan language while exploring extended vocal techniques such as speaking in tongues. By bringing these practices together, I hope to create a performance that transmits my personal experiences and transforms the past while offering an artful perspective into the possibilities of feminist worldings.