Frozen Oranges and Vodka


Frozen Oranges and Vodka is a performance about family truth and whether facts fit the story we want to believe. It begins with an East European tale which my Aunt tells my family. A tale whose origins I doubt. It ends with the audience sharing frozen orange slices and vodka.

During the performance, family stories are woven together to question why familial histories are so important in our understanding of ourselves and the world. Looking particularly at the gaps in family history and how those before us fill or ignore those gaps. Like all stories, family folklore helps us to understand ourselves. But do we still cling to them even if they are revealed as fairy tales?

The performance is layered. DuBois sits surrounded by technology, live projecting information and images, adding other pre-recorded voices. It explores different ways in which we absorb information questioning how context and format – photographs, stories, and hand-written notes – impact on what we see as ‘true’.


“On holiday with my family this summer, my Aunt came and stayed with us for a few days. On her arrival we sat around the dining table and as if rehearsed she took vodka, bread, salami and garlic from her bag one by one and recalled a tale of Polish and Ukrainian tradition. These items were given from guest to host as more than just a gracious thank you but as the sustenance for the body and in turn as the sustenance of the soul from the stories that would be shared over the vodka, bread, salami and garlic. On the final night of my Aunts stay, with the bread, salami and garlic eaten we sipped on the last of the vodka and sucked on frozen oranges courtesy of my dad, something that I am still unsure why.”