With dozens of productions premiering every year, the cultural department at the LGBT center in Tel Aviv is now becoming independent. The theater hall is now being launched as a professional independent theater by itself.
The extensive activities of the theater over the past year are strengthening this week, with its transformation to an independent theater under the name “Cube Theater,” as part of a long process to improve the cultural life of the community.
“The theater in the LGBT center hosted many LGBT oriented productions,” says Avihu Mizan, a cultural and events manager at the LGBT center, “Our stage is the only one on which certain content can be expressed. Our stage includes gender and sexuality issues and allows breaking through barriers, smashing frames and taking the viewer to new places. Without being too romantic, when the door of the hall in the LGBT center closes, our black box allows the audience and actors to become one, allowing everyone in the space to feel in the most authentic way what the LGBT community is and what’s the message. All of this is done by professional actors, talented directors, original writers and production teams who work days for the content to be presented.”
According to Mizan, the theater presents content from across the LGBT spectrum and from any artistic genre: theater, dance or other live performances. “For example, right now, winter 2015, we have two leading trans plays and two queer shows,” he says.
The Center was established in 2008 by the Tel Aviv municipality to serve the LGBT community in the city, and is the first of its kind in Israel. Across its four floors are the offices of various LGBT organizations, activity rooms, dance studio, kindergarten for families from the community and more. The center, which began as a home for social groups and support groups, quickly became an important cultural center of the LGBT scene.
Every few months the LGBT Center presents an artistic program of about 15 productions involving 60 actors, more than 30 production staff and 300 people who come every week to watch the shows.
“The culture hall in the LGBT center aims to continue to lead, develop and support LGBT culture and will give access to additional audiences inside and outside the community,” says Mizan, “in order to create productive LGBT cultural life and deliver the messages of the community to the outside.”