Estonian Theatre Festival DRAAMA 2019

MY ESTONIAN GRANDMOTHER

R.A.A.A.M. / Vaba Lava

MY ESTONIAN GRANDMOTHER foto
Sept 12th 21:00
Estonian National Museum, B-entrance
With translation – Sept 13th 19:00
Estonian National Museum, B-entrance
September 13th performance is with English audiotranslation


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On stage
MIRTEL POHLA
ÜLLE KALJUSTE (Eesti Drama Theatre)
JAAK PRINTS
LAURA KUKK (NUKU)
GERT RAUDSEP

Author and director JULIA AUG (Russia)
Set designer POLINA GRECHKO
Video designer LAURA ROMANOVA
Light designer PRIIDU ADLAS
Composer ARDO RAN VARRES

Premiere
March 10th 2019

Duration 1h 30min
No intermission

The production is about identity and questions a person asks oneselg: "Who am I?" And answers one tries to find. It is about losing and finding one's Homeland.

The director Julia Aug went to court to preserve her citizenship from 2010 to 2017. Her citizenship, or as she had thought, was something she always had, because her grandfather Oskar Aug and grandmother Ksenia Klettenberg were the citizens of pre-war Republic of Estonia. At one point she was citizen, and at another she wasn't - one judge gaver her the citizenship. and another took it away again. Even though her attorney found documents that stated that Oskar Aug gained Estonian citizenship in 1918, renewed Estonian Police and Border Guard Board the legal process on many occasions. There are no documents in any of the archives to confirm that Julia had given up her citizenship either. A huge amount of dusty documents, worn-out certificates and protocolls have materialized from nothing, behind which are peoples lives. And then - magically appear rare photos. Based on those documents Julia started to have an inner virtual dialogue with her grandmother. Grandmother, who her father says and photos prove, she resembles to. Grandmother died when she was 8-years-old. Before that she managed to teach Julia quite a bit. For example embroidery and knitting. She tought what can and can't be done. For example, one must not sit otiosely. One can read, knit, do homework and even sleep, but not loiter. Through all her life, since she was a little girl, she has had conversations with her grandmother, seen her face infront of her. This dialogue, faith and memories brought to life by old photos has incouraged Julia to tell a story about a person's life, who loves, who dreams, who lives... To tell a story as a witness.

Julia's grandmother is that thick thread that connects Estonia to her home, Estonia.