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In Our Hands and Voice
Gesturing performance with tandem built marionette, collaboratively performed in shadows with my mother singing the Latin hymn, In Paradisum

Text: I grew up listening to my mother's voice. High pitched, glorious sounds filling the house. She had wanted to be a professional singer as a young woman, and being told she had talent, she sailed to Paris to study voice. It was 1950. After several months, her father called her home, feeling it was impractical. He had decided it would be wiser if she attended secretarial school in Boston instead. She returned to the states, eventually married, and had children, her singing continuing only at church. My life as an artist began when my father, who was blind, gave me paints and canvas as a Christmas gift one year. I was the same age then as my mother when she left to study her art in France. Somehow we’ve been in tandem though I didn't know it, both remembering our desires held, in our hands and voice.


Created and Directed by Tori Ralston
Performed by Tori Ralston and Margaret Ralston
Performed at The New Museum Of Contemporary Art, New York, N.Y.




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