Gesher: Russian Theatre in Israel; A Study of Cultural Colonization

Gesher Theatre opened in 1990 as a marginal immigrant troupe in Tel Aviv, and soon became one of the most popular innovative theatres in Israel. It has now achieved international acclaim. However, because its bilingual performances and multicultural cast challenge cornerstones of Zionism, the mainstream Israeli media constantly debate Gesher’s position. Gesher: Russian Theatre in Israel - A Study of Cultural Colonization discusses Gesher’s history and analyzes its controversial media reception. What emerges is an extension of postcolonial theory to new cultural contexts, leading to a groundbreaking model of interethnic relations. This book will be of value to scholars of cultural studies and immigration, as well as to anyone interested in contemporary Israeli culture.

Gesher in the Media

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Katriel, T. (2007). Cultural colonization, border-crossing, and hybrid formations: The case of Russian theater in Israel. The Review of Communication, 7(3), 286-290.

Elias, N. (2007). [Book review]. International Journal of Communication, 1, 64-66.

Ronell, A.P. (2006). [Book review]Slovo: An Inter-disciplinary Journal of Russian, Eurasian and East European Affairs, 18 (2).

Aviv, C. (2006). [Book review]Israel Studies Forum, 21(2), 122-125.

Remennick, L. (2006). [Book review]. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 32(6), 1079-1080.

Moscowitz, D. (2006). A review of Gesher: Russian Theatre in Israel ; A Study of Cultural Colonization. By Gershenson, O. The Communication Review, 9(4), 347-350.

Shachal, Y. (2006). Gesher over stormy waters? Kesher - Journal of Research on Journalism and Communication in the Jewish World and in Israel , 34 , 163-164. [In Hebrew].

Zuskin-Perelman, A. (2006). What is going on--on the bridge? All About Jewish Theatre website.

Also discussed in: Timenchik, R. (2006, November). The garden of splitting pathsLechaim, 11(175). [In Russian].

Goldman, V. (2006, April 11). New book about Gesher. Novosti Nedeli , 34. [In Russian].

Interview about Gesher theatre in Israel . (2005, May 13). WMUA radio station, Ketzev Israel show.