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.

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