Бабушка | BAb(oo)shka is an interdisciplinary performance that begins with my grandmother telling a true story—chosen by her—in Russian onstage. Her humorous anecdotes about Jewish oppression are then contemporaneously translated into gibberish, into klezmer music, and into a puppet melodrama. These retellings weave together to create a meta-conversation on the act of translation and historicization, exposing the realities of Jewish life in the Soviet Union and how those experiences transform across generations and migrations.
Created in collaboration with: Tatiana Lublina and Marianna Baker
Composition by: Julia Danitz
Choreography by: Elena Rose Light
September 26-October 6, 2019: The 14th St Y