Mirele Lernt Zich Yiddish
Premiering in Cannonball Festival!
Monday September 4 5pm
Thursday September 14 8pm
Friday September 22 7pm
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
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.
Photo: Johanna Austin
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A heartfelt thanks to
Cannonball Festival, our hosts!
Elijah Jones, my collaborator and dramaturg!
Heather Griffin, Lighting Designer
Ruth Coppersmith, mask designer
All my donors and first audiences for this project!