"When artists start to pretend that everything is okay while people are continued to be jailed...First of all, you stop being a human being. And secondly, you stop being a contemporary artist”.
-Nicolai Khalezin, Belarus Free Theatre
BELARUSIAN DREAM THEATRE 2014
AN INTERACTIVE AUDIO INSTALLATION CELEBRATING FREEDOM OF SPEECH
8 new short plays
featuring 35 international artists
from 11 countries & 3 continents
The Belaruisan Dream Theatre project was created to bring attention to the society, culture, and politics of contemporary Belarus, and to honour victims of censorship through the creation of new dramatic literature and performance.
The project involved partner theatres from Australia, Belarus, Canada, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, the Ukraine and the U.S. Participating playwrights were from Australia, Austria, Belarus, Germany, New Zealand, the UK and the US, submitted texts that highlighted the possibility of dramatic literature with a vast range of style, subject matter, and aesthetic. The plays were presented by participating artists simultaneously on March 25th, 2014 - Belarus Freedom Day. Out of Balanz's performative audio work ran for a month in Copenhagen at Forsøgsstationen and over online platforms.
Conceived, curated & staged by:
Katrina Bugaj (US) and Troels Hagen Findsen (DK)
Texts: Rex McGregor (NZ), Alice Pencave (US), Jez Broome (UK), Zellie Thomas (BEL), Nancy Gall-Clayton (US), David L. Williams (US), John Weagly (US), Martha Patterson (US)
Performers: Adam Paolozza (CAN), Beth Wood (US), Bradley W. Smith (US), Carly Garinger (US), Cassie Neumann (FR), Chris Seibert (US), Christine Ryndak (US), Coleen Shirin MacPherson (CAN), Dionne Atchison (US), Elizabeth Green (US), Emily Wachter (US), Faye Hargate (US), Filipa Tomas (POR), Frode Gjerløw (NOR), George Ramsay (US), India Banks (UK), Ingrid Liavaag (NOR), Katharine Yates (UK), Katrina Bugaj, Lacey Creighton (CAN), Matt Feerick (UK), Nick Cowell (UK), Petra Casale (IT), Renee Schilling (AUS), Rob Castell (UK/US), Troels Hagen Findsen, Zoë Lister (UK)
Presented in association with Brendan McCall, Ensemble Free Theatre Norway, and Forsøgsstationen.