Friday November 16, 2018, 7:30pm: The Can Factory (Brooklyn, NY)
Бабишка | BAb(oo)shka is an interdisciplinary performance rooted in the liberatory potential of queer translation. The piece begins with a recording of my Russian Jewish babushka (personified by a wooden puppet) telling a humorous anecdote of experiencing anti-semitism in the Soviet Union. Her story (which, she explains, justifies a pro-Israel stance) is then live-translated into gibberish by non-Russian bilingual performers and into a dancing puppet melodrama. These retellings emerge as an imperfect patchwork of interpretations across artistic disciplines, showing how we can end cycles of oppression simply by interpreting things differently.