Belarus Free Theatre: New Plays from Central Europe: The VII International Contest of Contemporary Drama

Belarus Free Theatre: New Plays from Central Europe: The VII International Contest of Contemporary Drama

By: Belarus Free Theatre (author), Yuri Kaliada (translator)Paperback

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The International Contest of Contemporary Drama (ICCD) was set up by BFT to encourage new writing and promote Belarusian cultural identity on an international stage with the participation of artists around Europe. Belarusian playwrights, banned within their own country but recognised for their work outside, have the opportunity to show their works in Belarus. At the same time it includes the work of foreign playwrights in this international cultural context, which Belarus would have its place in for the first time. The ICCD has produced such playwrights as Anna Yablonskaya, Aleksey Shcherbak, and Pavel Pryazhko whose plays have been produced at The Royal Court Theatre and brothers Mikhail and Vyatcheslav Durnenekov who have written for The Royal Shakespeare Company. The contest, one of the top three of its kind in central Europe, has enjoyed success since its conception in 2005, garnering critical acclaim, but was discontinued since 2010 due to a lack of funds. 2014 is the first year this contest has been held in a free country. In previous years it has been held underground in Belarus, in hiding from the authorities. BFT have now reinstated this contest, improving on previous years by increasing the diversity of participants in order to include Belarusians who remain isolated because of the state policy on internet censorship and media control. This publication is dedicated to promoting the works of the winning playwrights, and is published to coincide with an award ceremony at the Young Vic Theatre in London. The prizes will be awarded by playwright Laura Wade. In 2014 BFT received 523 submissions from 12 participating countries: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, USA, Germany, UK, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Estonia. The playwrights represent 113 different towns and cities. The winning plays in this collection are in 3 main categories: * Best Full-Length Play * Best Experimental Writing for Theatre/Short Play * Best Adaptation of a Classic Text And a special award, The Tom Stoppard Award for Best Debut, will also be included in this volume. The ICCD, and Belarus Free Theatre: New Plays from Central Europe, reconnects the Belarusian people with their independent artistic voice and their cultural identity within a European context.

About Author

Yuri Kaliada is the executive director, international coordinator and a Belarus Free Theatre patron, providing monetary aid and coordinating financial support that led to the creation and operation of Belarus Free Theatre. He assisted Natalia Koliada and Nikolai Khalezin with research and preparation, analysis and selection, funding and monitoring of the Theatre's original creative concepts and international projects. He is an associate member of the civil campaign "Free Belarus NOW!," civil and human rights initiative "Charter'97," civil movement "European Belarus," and We Remember Foundation, with a primary focus to draw attention worldwide to politically motivated disappearances and killings in recent years in countries such as Belarus and around the world. In 2008 Yuri Kaliada, together with Belarus Free Theatre, joined the International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances (ICAED) adopted by the UN Human Rights Council. Natalia Kaliada is a co-artistic director and producer of Belarus Free Theatre alongside her husband Nicolai. Natalia has been detained three times for participation in peaceful political and theatrical activities. Her father, Professor Andrei Kaliada, was dismissed from the Academy of the Arts for cooperation with Belarus Free Theatre and was physically attacked as a result; the criminal investigation case on it was closed down. Nicolai Khalezin is a co-artistic director of Belarus Free Theatre, playwright and journalist. Nicolai was arrested four times for participation in peaceful political protest rallies and theatrical activities. His plays are forbidden to be staged in Belarus.

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  • ISBN13: 9781783191253
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 120
  • ID: 9781783191253
  • weight: 425
  • ISBN10: 1783191252

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