Legacies, archives, afterlife: re-envisioning the Li-La-Lo theatre (Tel Aviv, 1944–1948)

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This article suggests re-reading documents that remain from Li-La-Lo theatrical events, which include playbills, programmes, photos, archive files, and television shows. Through this historiographic way of working, that is, the re-reading of what remains from past performances but differently, this article will demonstrate what Tel Aviv offered to the artists, what the theatre as a cultural institution offered to the residents of the city and, in the broader circle, how Li-La-Lo was an intersection of performance traditions. Historical circumstances brought the Li-La-Lo artists to Tel Aviv, and the leaders and residents of the city, who cultivated normalcy, enabled them to continue to do what they knew best: perform. Thus, performance artists strengthened Tel Aviv’s status as a cultural centre, a symbol, and embodiment of cultural heterogeneity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-190
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Modern Jewish Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2018

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  • Tel Aviv
  • Warsaw
  • archive
  • embodied knowledge
  • entertainment
  • legacies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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