A holiday variety show created with language translation software. Break the language barrier to better understand how our friends in faraway lands might experience our holiday traditions. How might the dour people of Russia relate to the optimistic awakening of Ebenezer Scrooge? How would communist China come to terms with the individualism expressed by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Christmas in Babylon explores such questions through music, poetry, dramatizations, and live claymation overdubbing. Christmas in Babylon uses modern technology to re-interpret holiday classics – literally!
“It’s an affable show, with often funny translations (the “Oh!” that leads into the chorus of “Jingle Bells” comes back from Japanese as “Ohio State!”), and Hunter and Kaufmann have a laid-back reverence for the artful, elastic possibilities of language.” -Steve Wiecking, Seattle Weekly
“Expect comic chaos.” -Bret Fetzer, The Stranger