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"...contemporary theatre created by immigrants..."

After two years of pandemic-induced restrictions, the festival will this year be reunited with live audiences. Shows will take place in the Malenky theatre itself, but in many more unexpected locations across the city as well, nudging festivalgoers to step out of their comfort zones and into the palpitating expanses of Tel Aviv.  

In reaction to the events hitting the world today, we've decided to focus on contemporary theatre created by immigrants - artists that live and work far away from their homelands, languages, and cultures, in societies they need to adapt to. To adapt or to change? That is the question. The one we're constantly led to ask ourselves. We choose to change. 

Photo by Anya Sandler

Created and produced by the Malenky Theatre, now celebrating its 25th year of theatrical creation, the Tel Aviv International Theatre Festival will be marking its 4th edition this summer, hosting immigrant creators and theatre troupes from Israel and the world for five days of riveting live stage creation, with countless plays, readings, masterclasses, workshops, and theatre labs. The idea behind "A tiny theatre and its mighty friends" came from the desire to expand on the thrilling exchanges we've had as a theatre troupe with fellow artists and creators over the years, as we travelled the world with our work and plays. The fascinating dialogue spurred by the numerous encounters we've had along the way, has been so enriching, and opened infinite new perspectives, for us as much as for audiences, allowing us to form a community and let the diversity of viewpoints broaden our horizons and widen the understanding we have of how we perceive each other.  


This is the only international contemporary chamber theatre festival in Israel, and those taking part are all artists we consider as friends with whom we share a common thirst for creative collaboration, unbound by borders of any kind. The success of the festival's previous editions and the interest they garnered, are testament to the fact that Israeli audiences are eager to discover new theatrical languages and landscapes.   

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