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.
May 30-June 2, 2019: St. Ann’s Warehouse Labapalooza!
November 16-17, 2018: Old American Can Factory, NY
July 14, 2018: BarnArts Residency (Maine)
Photos by Effy Grey
Video by Alex Romania