Can You Describe Your Mother’s Laughter?


Can You Describe Your Mother’s Laughter?

From 18 until 31 May, Hagar Tenenbaum will be working in the studio together with Danny Neyman on Can You Describe Your Mother’s Laughter?, a sound-installation and a dance-performance which explores the relation between language and bodies, memory and technology, intimacy and sensationalism.

The point of departure is a series of recorded conversations and interviews carried out with a wide group of people, in which they ask them to describe and discuss the bodies of people they are most intimate with. Neyman and Tenenbaum traverse these bodies through speech in a fragmented way: Could you describe your mother’s laughter? Her sneezing? Speak about your lover’s feet? Discuss the hands of your father? Talk about your own voice? They consider the peripheral ‘dumb’ zones of the body together with the elaborately articulated ones – not only eyes, mouths, hands, but also skin, fingernails, elbows, eyelashes, toes, bellybuttons…

Studying, manipulating and mimicking these digital recordings, Neyman and Tenenbaum weave a spoken tapestry of fragmented sound-portraits that they speak, grunt, chant, and deconstruct. As their voices work their way between speech and digital glitch, their bodies act as a screen for and a resistance to the images evoked through words.

Hagar Tenenbaum

1988 BE, IL
Hagar Tenenbaum is a dancer and choreographer. She lives and works in Brussels and graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in 2014. In her first student productions she established an infectious dialogue between words, images and movement. She has a fine sense of simplicity and humour and invariably engenders an exceptional idiom. She sees drawing, speaking and dancing as being intimately linked: they are ways of inquiring into things.


Concept and performance: Danny Neyman and Hagar TenenbaumSound design assistance: Hendrik WillekensDramaturgy: Alma SöderbergWith the support of: wpZimmer, Workspace Brussels, Buda (Kortrijk), STUK (Leuven), Bains Connective (Brussels)