Iconic Habima theater performs first show in Moscow

Tel Aviv's iconic Habima theatre, which was founded by Nahum Zemach in Białystok in 1912, performed in Moscow after a hundred year absence.

April 23, 2018 15:01
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Iconic Habima theater performs first show in Moscow

The Habima delegation gathers in Moscow ahead of the theater's two shows. (photo credit: DIMITRI PRIABURZANSKY)


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The Habima Theater went back home for the first time in a century.

The iconic Tel Aviv theater, which was founded by Nahum Zemach in Białystok in 1912, performed in Moscow after a 100-year absence.

Habima will run two of its flagship productions at Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theater. The Israeli Embassy in Moscow, the Foreign Ministry, Nativ – an Israeli governmental liaison organization that maintained contact with Jews living in the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War and encouraged immigration to Israel – and The Genesis Philanthropy Group will host a high-profile event to honor the occasion.

“It is a seminal event, an exciting milestone in Israeli culture in general and in particular for Habima,” Habima executive director Odelia Friedman said. “One hundred years ago we dreamt of a theater in Moscow to establish the Hebrew tradition and we are proud to be back here. This is our gift for the 70th [birthday of the] state.”

The Vakhtangov Theater was chosen because Yevgeny Vakhtangov, for whom the theater was named, trained the first group that came out of the Habima Theater.

Genesis Philanthropy Group president and CEO Ilia Salita lauded the event as an opportunity to celebrate Jewish life and culture in Russia.
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“This event establishes an exciting new connection between modern-day Israeli and Jewish culture, which has deep roots in Russia,” he said. “With this project, Genesis aims to strengthen the cultural connection shared identity among Russian-speaking Jews to all of Israel.”

The first play, Signposts, ran on Saturday. The second play, A Simple Story, ran Sunday and will have its last showing on Tuesday.

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