July 19, 2009

Broadcast Date: 
Jul 19 2009

The Maly Theater of St. Petersburg adapts Vasily Grossman's magisterial Life and Fate for the stage; an exhibition of work by Israeli-born video artist Yael Bartana; plus a conversation with Lev Raphael, author of My Germany.

Episode segments
  • Propaganda Inside Out
    Visual Art, Arts & Culture, Anti-Semitism
    Yael Bartana is an internationally known Israel-born artist, whose work challenges political and ideological comfort zones.  Her film, Mary Koszmary (Nightmares) is at the Jewish Museum until August 27th.
    Alisa Solomon

    In her work, Yael Bartana, re-stages and re-imagines ritualized events of nationalistic fervor and fissure to create new critical takes on persistent political dilemmas.  Alisa Solomon talks with Bartana about recent and current work.

  • Life and Fate
    Holocaust, Theater, Arts & Culture, Anti-Semitism
    Lev Dodin is the Artistic Director of the Maly Drama Theater of St. Petersburg, Russia.  Dina Dodina is a producer and literary translator at the Maly.
    Alisa Solomon

    Vasily Grossman's epic novel Life and Fate could not be published in the Soviet Union for two decades after he completed it in 1960 because of the parallels it suggested between the totalitarianism and anti-Semitism of Stalin and Hitler.  Lev Dodin adapted it for the stage at the Maly Theater in St. Petersburg and now brings the production to the Lincoln Center Festival, where it plays from July 21 through July 16. For futher information, click here.

  • My Germany
    Holocaust, Arts & Culture, Anti-Semitism, Literature
    Lev Raphael
    Mark Laiosa

    Mark Laiosa talks with author Lev Raphael about his most recent book, My Germany: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped.