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Les membres ETC - Information

Belarus Free Theatre
Adresse : 66 The Cut, , Eng
Ville : London
Code postal : SE1 8LZ
Pays : Royaume-Uni
Téléphone : 0044 (0)20 7922 2998
Fax :
Email : administrator@belarusfreetheatre.com
Site Web : www.belarusfreetheatre.com/

The Free Theatre was founded in March 2005 by Belarusian playwright Nikolai Khalezin and theatre manager Natalia Koliada. In May of 2005 the team was joined by stage director Vladimir Scherban who produced the majority of performances of Free Theatre. Currently ten professional actors, four managers and two technical assistants constitute the theatre’s staff. Under thhe current political system the Free Theatre has no official registration, no premises, nor any other facilities. The rehearsals and performances (always free of charge for the public) are usually held secretly in small private apartments which, due to security and persecution reasons, should be constantly alternated. On several occasions the performances were shown in street cafes and in the countryside or in the woods. The members of staff have been repeatedly harassed by the authorities for their participation in the activities of the theatre. Thus, the stage director and all actors but five were dimissed from their jobs at state-run theatres. The theatre is supported by outstanding figures of the international theatre movement and respected public figures such as Sir Tom Stoppard, British playwright and Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic. Arthur Kopit, US playwright, the Lark Development Centre, the Scottish Society of Playwrights, the Members of IETM and THE express their support and solidarity. In April 2007, Belarus Free Theatre became a full member of the European Theatre Convention (ETC), and in May 2007 a member of international network Trans European Halls. Since May 2005 the Free Theatre has produced seven performances based on thirteen plays. Approximately 5,000 people have attended performances of the Free Theatre in Belarus and more than 4,000 abroad during the first two years of its existence. Free Theatre attracts other representatives of Belarusian underground culture in a variety of fields, such as independent music, art, photography and cinematography. Free Theatre’s tours are often accompanied by concerts and exhibitions of their partners. For three years the Free Theatre has been host to the annual International Competition of Contemporary Drama. In the second edition that closed on 28 January 2007 252 plays by 161 playwrights from twelve countries took part. Sir Tom Stoppard founded his Prize for the Brightest Début especially for this event. The Free Theatre performs not only in the country’s capital but also frequently tours Belarusian provinces. Its performances have won wide acclaim among the public, mostly young people aged 16-40, forming a loyal and enthusiastic following. Furthermore, the Free Theatre goes on tours and participates in theatre festivals abroad. During the last two years the troupe has performed in France, Germany, Helsinki, Finland, Stockholm, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Belgium. From May 2007 the Theatre-Studio of Christian Benedetti started providing the Free Theatre with a one-month residence per year in its theatre in Alfortville. The activities of the Free Theatre have been widely covered in major international mass media, such as The New York Times, The Washington Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Le Monde, The Independent, 24 Ore, Liberation, Berliner Zeitung, Diena, Lietuvos Ritas, Izvestia, The Moscow Times, 1st Lithuanian National TV Channel, 3Sat, ZDF, ARD, BBC, CBS, Reuters, Associated Press, France Press etc. Also, documentaries were made by British, Irish and German film crews. All press coverage and further information can be found on Free Theatre’s official website http://www.belarusfreetheatre.com/. The website contains information in Russian, English and French.

 

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Natalia Kaliada's introduction at Index on Censorship

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Tom Stoppard's intro of the Belarus Free Theatre

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The Belarus Free Theatre and Public Theatre together the Amnesty International rally in New-York

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Jude Law and Kevin Spacey with the Belarus Free Theatre protest in London

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Abstract of the performance

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Global Artistic Campaign by celebrities from the US and the UK

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Zone of Silence performance at PEN-center

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Tom Steppard

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