NOT WHAT WE THINK WE OUGHT TO SEE FROM BELARUS

Many foreign audiences assume all Belarusian artists make political work, often inserting political discourses into pieces that aim to explore other subjects with different metaphors. Below is an interview with members of an independent Belarusian theater company that you probably haven´t heard of yet, that hopes to create performances that have nothing to do with politics. If Korniag Theatre is not interested in discussing Lukashenko or «the last dictatorship in Europe», like we expect, then what is their work about?

MEMORY WHICH LACKS SPACE

The performance «Chernobyl» of the independent theatre group «Kryly Halopa» («Slave’s Wings») from Brest is the first part of the project «Stories of Belarus», originally conceived as a theatrical multi-volume project with every part being dedicated to the events of the country’s contemporary history. Finally the Belarusian public was able to watch the performance, too — during the theatre-ecological festival «Pryzba»

THE COUNTRY NEEDED TWO FREE THEATRES

AKSANA HAIKO, the founder of «Kryly Halopa» theatre, actress and director, tells about how to create while «being unfree», about a challenge to «professionals», a fight against art commissions, and about a new stage of her activity

HATKA: TO FIND YOUR INSIDE

In September 2013 Uladzimir Śćerbań (Vladimir Shcherban), director of Belarus Free Theatre, mentioned very briefly in his blog after a long line of reasoning that the premises in which they had lived and worked for almost six years, better known as hatka (Note: «hatka» in the Belarusian language means «a small house»), no longer belonged to them.

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