KRAMPUSLAUF PHILADELPHIA VOICES: CLAUDIA LEVIN-DORKO (talking with ruby soffer)
claudia and ruby have both been to every krampuslauf philadelphia event that has ever happened! every workshop, every lauf. ruby’s mom, linda, is a driving force behind KP:POS and ruby’s dad seth was a VERY good sport in 2012 when we had the Not That Great But We Really Tried Krampus Backpack Puppet With Unbelievably Heavy Hands. when we have visiting artists come to town they almost always stay at ruby’s house, because it’s SUCH a great place to be.
in this interview, ruby talks to claudia levin-dorko, whose mom is a co-founder of krampuslauf philadelphia. claudia’s mom was amused during the transcribing of this interview to find that claudia pronounces “perchta” as it is spelled, regardless of how many times she has heard it said aloud, but does pretty good with “habergeiß” and “es meedli”. and ruby is a great interviewer with great questions!
listen to the conversation as it is embedded below, or on soundcloud.
RS: Hi. I’m Ruby Soffer and this is Krampuslauf Philadelphia Voices. Today, I’m talking to Claudia Levin-Dorko.
How did you come to be involved with the Philadelphia Krampuslauf?
CLD: My mom was one of the organizers, and my dad was the first to dress up as Krampus.
RS: Did you know anything about Krampus before?
CLD: My mommy had knitted me and my little brother a Krampus doll.
RS: What did you think about the Krampus when you learned about it? Did you think it was scary or interesting?
CLD: No. I don’t remember since I was three.
RS: What is attending the event like for you? Has every year been different? What is the same?
CLD: The first two years have been fun, and the third year has been awesome… march on a cold, cold night, and getting to sit around the fire.
RS: What is your favorite thing about the lauf itself?
CLD: Getting to be in a costume.
RS: What is your least favorite thing?
CLD: The cold.
RS: How do you decide what your costume will be?
CLD: I either get to pick it out, or my mom decides what it will be. I wanted to be the angel, because it was the angel who protected people from Krampus.
RS: What is it like in your house the night before the Lauf?
CLD: Exciting, and a little bit nervous, too. Chris Carson makes it fun on the night before Krampuslauf by building a gigantic Habergeiß.
RS: What other projects are you working on the night before Krampus?
CLD: Maybe working on some other costumes, like Frau Perchta, or Es Meedli, or another Krampus costume for Béla (Claudia’s brother). The night before Krampuslauf, the gingerbread Krampusses get made.
RS: What was it like to have the Habergeiß created in your house?
CLD: A lot of movement, and… lots of stoves going on and off… and… lots of trying out.
RS: What was it like to be the baby Habergeiß (Es Meedli)?
CLD: Heavy on my back, and a little bit less weight, and also fun to walk in…. uh, a little bit embarrassing, and a little bit exciting.
RS: What are you planning to be this year for Krampuslauf?
CLD: I want to be Frau Perchta the White, who is the nicer Frau Perchta, and who is Frau Perchta’s sister. And I will have a little Krampus baby doll to carry around. And I’ll get to be with my mom for the walk. I usually like to be with Sam Rafferty (because) I don’t have to get yelled at, which I usually have to get yelled at if I’m doing something wrong with my mommy. (Up for interpretation – Ed.)
RS: What was it like to be on stage last year before the fire dancers came on?
CLD: A little bit shy and… confused…what I was doing? And mostly fun? I was using the poi, and the spinning plate, and the hula hoop. The fire dancers make me feel a little bit comfortable and uncomfortable, and every time they drop it I think something’s going to burn on fire.
RS: Will kids have another opportunity to participate in the performance this year?
CLD: Absolutely! We are going to be making, like fire pois that look like it’s real fire but it’s just fake fire. At a workshop in the cemetery. With the Lux Arati girls. In November.
RS: That sounds awesome.
CLD: Thank you for coming to Krampuslauf, everyone. Thank you, Ruby, for interviewing me.
RS: And thank you, Claudia, for answering my questions.
CLD: You’re welcome.