A prominent Israeli theater director who is featuring a production at a Berlin festival requested that Israel not be listed in the program alongside her name.
Ofira Henig, whose Arabic-language manmaRo project will be showing at the Festival of International New Drama in the Schaubühne theater in April, requested instead that just her city of residence, Haifa, be listed.
In response to a query as to why Israel was not listed, Henig wrote to a director of Schaubühne explaining that her method of self-identification was meant to express her freedom of choice and not to reject the State of Israel.
Henig said there are many elements to identity and that she and co-producer Khalifa Natour “choose our identity out of state context,” adding “we have so many elements in our identity.”
She said the decision was also based on their undertaking not to take government funding for the project.