by 2 Russian Chickens in Hollywood
About Maria the Artisan and 2Russian Chickens in Hollywood.
When people ask a Russian-Jewish immigrant from the former USSR, “Where are you from?” It’s always a very complex reply. We want to say we are Russian, but truly, we are not. We want to say we are Jewish, but we are, Russian-Jewish, from a, Soviet era, which makes us even more complicated. Our, “Jewish-ness” does not fit our, “Russian-ness.” We want to say we are from, Ukraine or Belarus. However, we are not Ukrainian or Belarusian. The republics our family was placed in before or after WW2.and where we were born, do not truly define our true heritage. A stranger in our own land. A guest in our own nation. We want to say, “ I’m a New Yorker, Jersey-girl, Pittsburg-ite, Angelino, warm-blooded American!” Even still, we are not any of those things, exactly. Who are we then?
The voyage of Maria the Artisan, an exploration a young woman's journey in reclaiming her identity and creating her own history. The Russian-Jewish female voice of Generation Y.
Maria the Artisan, is performed and presented as a video installation and live performance based on the short story “Russian Club” by Ellen Litman. The piece has been adapted for live performance and mixed with short stories of our own experiences growing up awkwardly among our American, Russian, and Jewish cultures.