Freeing Belarus through Theatre {World Policy Blog #4}

Posted on November 16, 2010 | 1 Comment

The Iron Curtain may have come down, but what remains is still in Belarus. Under Alexander Lukashenko’s stringent regime, the capacity for individual expression is strictly limited. Creative endeavors like plays—regardless of its politics—are censored by the government. The Belarus Free Theatre, founded in 2005, stages modern performances addressing social issues. While the company sells out internationally, they are still forced underground at home—where plays are government-sanctioned—staging covert performances in private residences. Many involved in the Belarus Free Gafas Ray Ban outlet Theatre, including co-founders Natalia Koliada, a human rights activist, and Nikolai Khalezin, a playwright, have suffered for their involvement. They have had several stints in prison and are under constant harassment by the authorities.

The group’s cause has drawn international admiration, and attention from organizations such as freeDimensional, a group which helps activist-artists, and Mischief + Mayhem, a newly established New York based publishing collective. Hoping to spotlight Belarus’ December 19th elections, Mischief +Mayhem is producing a Belarus-themed November issue of its online magazine, Wild Rag,which will feature a video project, short essays, and narrative nonfiction. In addition, the collective is partnering with local theatres across the United States to put out readings of “Thanksgiving Day,” a play written by Khalezin, about an Ray Ban outlet elderly man living alone in middle-America, and his home nurse, a Belarussian immigrant.

by Betsy Mead

The World Policy Journal is featuring five freeDimensional stakeholders on its blog this Fall in relation to its current issue, The Creative Canon.

Image courtesy of Belarus Free Theatre.


One Response to “Freeing Belarus through Theatre {World Policy Blog #4}”

  1. Director’s Note – Belarus Free Theatre Activist Jailed & Opposition Candidate Disappeared : freeDimensional
    December 20th, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    […] have seen a several events, collaborations and blog posts on Belarus from freeDimensional in the past months.  I might ask, “what good did they […]

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