Habima reveals its new self – to some

24.11.2011                      27.Cheschwan. 5772                      Jom Kippur Katan

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Habima reveals its new self – to some

The decision to exclude architecture critics from the long-awaited unveiling of the national theater is just the latest step in this absurdly secretive project.

Habima has no need for draft bills, preliminary readings, political deals or exhausting votes lasting into the night. At the national theater, which is an institution supported by public funds – including the erasure of its debts – one arbitrary decision is sufficient to keep people's mouths shut. And so, when the theater formally unveiled the renewed Habima building to the media on the eve of its opening to the theater-going public, architecture writers and critics, of all people, were excluded. They were simply not invited. And anyone who arrived at the well-guarded territory anyway and tried to mingle with the theater writers who were invited, was removed with polite firmness. Were it not absurd, it would be funny.
Had the festive event been designed to provide a taste of the upcoming dramaturgical repertory, then at least it would have been possible to find a far-fetched excuse for the surprising decision to exclude architecture writers. But the star of the show was neither the repertory nor the backstage area, but the building itself, with its walls, columns, auditoriums, lobbies, staircases and all the other elements that are generally defined as architectural. Architecture writers should have been the guests of honor. Is it possible that the national witch-hunting atmosphere has also infiltrated the national theater?…