This highly avant-garde theatre gives an expression to the spirit of the Jewish people through the revival of Hebrew culture and language. Maxim Gorki wrote "from poverty, hunger, and frost, this miracle was conceived… This small and beautiful baby will grow into a glorious giant."
The origins of the Habima theatre go back to 1917,a year when a theatre company of Jewish zealots — all Hebrew teachers — was formed. At the time when studies of the Hebrew language were forbidden, they were determined to found not simply a highly professional avant-garde theatre, but to give expression to the revolutionary spirit of the Jewish people through the revival of Hebrew culture and language. They soon attracted the high priest of Russian theatre, Constantin Stanislavsky, who agreed that the Habima would act as one of the studios attached to the Moscow Art Theatre. In 1945, the Habima opened its new venue in Tel Aviv. Today, it provides a home for creativity and an incubator for playwrights, directors, actors and designers, where they can develop their talents, gain experience and develop ideas. At the same time, the Habima invites artists from abroad and has represented Israel in a variety of prestigious theatre festivals around Europe.