Theater for kindergarten children in the yishuv: Toward the formation of an eretz-israeli childhood

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"The Children's Theatre by the Kindergarten Teachers Center," that was founded in 1928, was the first Hebrew repertory theatre exclusively addressing the audience of children attending kindergarten and the first grades of elementary school. This article explores how The Children's Theater conveyed a set of performative practices that consolidated a habitus of Eretz-Israeli childhood. The theater articulated the embodied repertoire of Eretz-Israeli childhood and established it on two pillars. First, it epitomized the concept of an innocent and secure childhood. The world performed on the stage created a utopian notion of childhood. Second, it encouraged the children to participate in the world of adults, but in a way suited to their age and psychological needs. The ability of this theatre to create an enriching and a secure environment for children was deeply needed in the Jewish settlement of Palestine of the 1930's and 1940's, which was constituted of immigrants struggling to build a future in the land. c Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2019.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-84
Number of pages15
Issue number1
StatePublished - 24 Oct 2019

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • History
  • Religious studies


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