Shimella Community Theatre of Israeli-Ethiopian Jews

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Shimella ('stork' in Amharic) is an Israeli community theatre of Ethiopian Jews residing in Netanya and directed by Chen Elia. Shimella was founded in 2010, and has produced four different performances focusing on the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel. Ethiopian Jews suffer from racism and discrimination in all areas of life, including housing, employment, education, and healthcare. These issues surfaced in Shimella's performances, and the political aspect of Shimella's performances therefore ranges from performing critical protest against the attitudes of the Israeli state and society toward Ethiopians, to a utopian performative moment, which emotionally and physically dramatizes the community's desired future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-242
Number of pages20
JournalNew Theatre Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - 28 Aug 2023


  • Black theatre
  • applied theatre
  • immigration
  • racism

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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