International Theatre Forum «TEART»
Visual and Performing Arts Centre
220030, Minsk, Internatsionalnaya, 21
+ 375 44 490 48 99 (билеты/tickets) + 375 17 392 29 54 + 375 17 395 30 20
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes (without intermission)
  • 21 sep 2019, 16:00
  • 22 sep 2019, 17:00
Theatre laboratory Fortinbras
Minsk, Belarus / London, United Kingdom

The journalistic approach of Theatre laboratory brings to the stage the real-life experiences and frustrations of disabled people, weaving their stories together into a wider narrative that conveys to the audience the stifling constraints society still imposes on them. Alternatively portrayed as either objects of pity, fear, or as “superhuman” heroes, this play jolts the audience back to earth by portraying the stark ordinariness of aspirations of people with different types of disability, and how the daily reality is still of exclusion, exception, and ‘otherness’.

  1. Directors: Nicolai Khalezin, Natalia Kaliada
  2. Director Assistant: Maryna Yakubovich
  3. Choreographer: Maryia Sazonava
  4. Production and Stage Manager: Svetlana Sugako
  5. Company Manager: Nadia Brodskaya

Cast: Darya Andreyanova, Maryia Bialkovich, Aleksandra Chichikova, Anastasia Dubatovka, Kiryl Kalbasnikau, Vadim Koloshkin, Nastasya Korablina, Aramais Mirakyan, Aliaksei Saprykin, Stanislava Shablinskaya

Free admission. Registration for the spectacle will be available soon.

No admittance after third bell.

Theatre laboratory Fortinbras

Founded in Minsk in 2005, Belarus Free Theatre emerged as a direct challenge to the censorship of free speech, producing plays which engage audiences on themes that are otherwise taboo in Belarus. The company was soon forced underground, the artistic leaders Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada fled to the UK, where they were taken in as an Associate Company of the Young Vic in 2011. Even before then, the company had developed an impressive international profile, performing over 30 shows in 40 countries and winning numerous awards both for theatre and human rights work, all while running a 26-member theatre in Belarus.

Nicolai Khalezin, Natalia Kaliada
Nicolai Khalezin, Natalia Kaliada

Natalia Kaliada
Founding Co-Artistic Director of BFT, a writer, human rights campaigner, producer and one of the most outspoken critics of Belarus. In 2008, together with Nicolai Khalezin and Vladimir Shcherban, she set up Studio Fortinbras, the only independent arts and activism educational institute in Belarus. She was forced into exile in 2011 and currently lives in the UK.

Nicolai Khalezin
Founding Co-Artistic Director of BFT, a playwright, director, journalist, artist and photographer. Nicolai has co-authored many plays with Natalia Kaliada, including Generation Jeans, Discover Love, Trash Cuisine, Time of Women and Burning Doors. In 2011, Nicolai was forced in exile and currently lives in the UK.