"Trash Cuisine: Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada Devised by Belarus Free Theatre Banned from performing in their own country, Belarus Free Theatre serve up food, music, dance and Shakespeare as they share true stories from inmates, executioners, human rights lawyers and families of the executed. This provocative and urgent play pierces the imagination with moments of the darkest humour as it challenges capital punishment in our contemporary world, where 95 countries still carry out the death penalty. Minsk 2011 (A Reply to Kathy Acker): Devised and written by Belarus Free Theatre Dramaturgy by Vladimir Shcherban If scars are sexy, Minsk must be the sexiest city in the world...Strip clubs, underground raves and gay pride parades pulse beneath the surface of a city, where sexuality is twisted by oppression. A love letter to a home that exiles those willing to fight for it, Minsk, 2011 celebrates and mourns a land that has lost its way."
Belarus Free Theatre (BFT) was founded on March 30, 2005 by husband-and-wife team Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada, and joined shortly afterwards by Vladimir Shcherban. Three of them together formed a unique aesthetics of the BFT. Their Belarus performances are held secretly, in small private apartments, the location of which, due to the risk of persecution, must constantly be changed. BFT is a collaborative company using the experience and expertise of all members as an artistic resource. Under impossible conditions BFT continues to produce great theatre that is recognised internationally; in 2011 it was nominated for the Unique Theatrical Experience Drama Desk Award for Being Harold Pinter and was awarded the prestigious off-Broadway OBIE award for Being Harold Pinter, Discover Love and Zone of Silence.