Mother Tongue is a cross-disciplinary improvisation modality practicum that trains dancers, musicians, and visual artists to become more legible inside each's creative impulses and compositional considerations. Mother Tongue refers to the multiple ways a human body can sense and express itself outside the linguistic, religious, gendered, and cultural tyrannies one inherits at birth. The practice, inside performances of the same title, allows visual, audible, and spatial ideas and decisions to be informed, co-owned and inter-determined by the performers. Because each performance of Mother Tongue is entirely improvised, it is consequential to audiences and cast members alike, evolving into a different piece each time it is performed. During the performance of Mother Tongue, the artists demonstrate the construction of a shared visible, vibrational, and audible vocabulary; they then use this vocabulary to cohesively navigate the piece's composition. Each medium influences the expression of the other two mediums; therefore, all performers equally share compositional control of the piece: the dance arguably “creates” the visual art and music, vice versa, and vice versa. In this way Mother Tongue is a piece of dance, a painting, and a music concert expressing a quality of community that emerges from a practiced commitment to listenership.