Ahilan Ratnamohan / ROBIN

Should Have Been My Mother Tongue - I. Community

 Should Have Been My Mother Tongue - I. Community
 Should Have Been My Mother Tongue - I. Community

02.02.2023

In the three-part lecture series Should Have Been My Mother Tongue, Ahilan Ratnamohan examines the impact of language on society, based on his own learning of the Tamil language. For this he switched the language he spoke with his 71-year-old mother. The theme of the first lecture is 'community': how does a shared language influence mutual relationships among the Tamil diaspora? Could these relationships exist if there is no shared language? Ahilan also looks at his relationship with his own children whom he is raising in English but really wants to speak Tamil with them.

Part II (Culture) and III (Pedagogy) of the lecture series will take place at the Passa Porta festival and Kunstenfestivaldesarts.

Ahilan Ratnamohan, born in Australia to a Sri Lankan and Tamil family, is a theatre maker with an obsession for language. His interdisciplinary work explores language acquisition as a form of performance and vice versa.  His performances have surprising, unconventional forms. In 2021, together with Sulaiman Addonia, he kicked off the series the Wonders of Multilingualism (together with Passa Porta). His solo Alle woorden die ik nog niet kende premiered at Kaaitheater in 2021. For the next three years, we will welcome him as artist-in-residence at Kaaitheater.


presented by Passa Porta, KFDA & Kaaitheater

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Should Have Been My Mother Tongue - II. Culture

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 Should Have Been My Mother Tongue - II. Culture
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Kaaistudio's
Sun 26.03.23

In how far does language influences your cultural taste? In the three-part lecture series Should Have Been My Mother Tongue. In part 2, during Passa Porta Festival, he concentrates on social customs, music, film and literature.