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MAAS Studio @Cannonball Festival

Mirele Lernt Zich Yiddish

A One-Woman Cabal! Bringing in different stories every night, this semi-improvised dance/theater show journeys through my reclamation of Yiddish and the whitening process of Ashkenazi Jewry that squeezed it out of us in the first place. Go beyond schlep and kvetch with me!

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Mirele Lernt Zich Yiddish
Mirele Lernt Zich Yiddish

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Sep 04, 2023, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

MAAS Studio @Cannonball Festival, 1325 N Randolph St, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA

About the event

A One-Woman Cabal! Go beyond schlep and kvetch with me. What does Yiddish breathe like? Sing like? We can dance Yiddish together too, once I figure out what that even looks like. Mirele Lernt Zich Yiddish is a semi-improvised dance/theater journey through my reclamation of Yiddish and the whitening process of Ashkenazi Jewry that squeezed the Yiddish out of us in the first place. The slippage of authenticity and ownership. Did WE (Jews/Americans/My family) shape IT (America/Judaism/Whiteness/Nationalism/Culture) or does IT shape US?

This performance exists in dialogue with Karen Brodkin's How Jews Became White Folks, Cécile McLorin Salvant's performances of minstrel songs, the poetry of Reyzl Zhikhlinski, and that guy at the klezmer festival who indignantly asked me "Who are you?" in the coffee line because he'd never seen me at one of these before.

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