my golem + Dr. Schwadron
A performative presentation on revisionist rituals
Visual artist Julie Weitz and dance scholar Hannah Schwadron team up for a collaborative presentation about Jewish representational politics and revisionist rituals in Weitz’s performance personage and film ingénue, My Golem. Synthesizing silent film, Yiddish theatre, feminist performance art, BDSM and drag, My Golem offers a radical engagement with Jewish self-representation and Tikkun Olum, the Jewish imperative to heal the world.
Offering dramaturgical insight on this self-described “possessive figure,” Dr. Schwadron shares prepared remarks about Weitz’s mythological alter-ego. She situates My Golem within Jewish performance scholarship and revisionist folklore, advancing earlier premises forged in published discussions of the “Sexy Jewess” whose ethno-sexual performance plays share important resonance with this veritable star. Theorizing My Golem as an embodied phantom of remixed identifications and productively mismatched Jewish iconography, Schwadron attempts to speak with the tech-obsessed sensation, acting as partial translator at My Golem’s request.
My Golem + Dr. Schwadron have presented at the University of Texas at Austin, Northwestern University and the 92nd St Y in New York City. Upcoming performances include the Association for Jewish Studies in San Diego, CA and Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. The duo welcome invitations to your institution.
As a Jewish dance scholar and author of The Case of the Sexy Jewess: Dance, Gender, and Jewish Joke-Work in US Pop Culture (Oxford University Press, 2018), Dr. Schwadron is especially equipped for the task of translating My Golem, who does not actually speak but communicates in movement only. Dr. Schwadron’s interview, however, is constantly interrupted by Weitz, who live video-chats from her studio in L.A. to offer commentary and regain control over My Golem. What unfolds is a highly dramatized interplay between scholar, artist and subject, and a spirited interrogation of the underlying question: Who speaks for who?