Discover Love is a stirringly powerful original drama, researched over nine years, based on the true story of Irina Krasovskaya and her husband Anatoly, a businessman who supported the Belarus opposition movement and whose body has never been found.
Interwoven with Irina’s story are parallel stories from women in Belarus, Asia and South America whose family members have also disappeared or been kidnapped, imprisoned or murdered for political reasons.
Belarus Free Theatre performed Discover Love in support of the UN Convention against Enforced Disappearances.
French Republic Human Rights Prize
‘This right here is everything you want from theatre – no bells, no whistles, no smoke and no mirrors. Just remarkable storytelling, profound emotional resonance, and flawless performances. A standing ovation doesn’t go astray after a performance like this, and Discover Love merits that, too.’ Sommer Tothill, The Brisbane Times
‘(Discover Love) should be seen by everyone who wants confirmation of the continuing relevance and vitality of theater as an art form… Each of these works blooms with a spirit of invention nurtured by limited means and an improvisational readiness to make a stage wherever you find it.’ Ben Brantley, The New York Times, 18 April 2011
‘Belarus Free Theatre isn’t telling an overwhelming story. They’re telling the very specific story of one woman’s experience, fully explored so that it becomes relatable, universal, and ultimately lives with you long after you’ve left the theatre.’ Aimee Todoroff, New York Theatre, April 18, 2011
Written by Nicolai Khalezin with the participation of Natalia Kaliada
Directed by Nicolai Khalezin
Choreographed by Olga Skvortsova
Intro by MC Coppa
Original cast included: Anna Solomianskaya
Musical fusion by DJ Laurel (Laur Biarzhanin)
Original Assistant to the Director: Irina “Yaro” Yaroshevich
Stage Manager: Victoriya Biran
Producers: Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin
Running time 1 hour 10 minutes
Performed in Russian with English surtitles
Discover Love was first performed on 5 July 2008, underground in Belarus. The European premiere took place at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August 2008.
This performance continues our artistic campaign to support the UN Convention against enforced disappearances in the world. Special thanks to our dearest friend, Irina Krasovskaya for living through once again her family tragedy and making it in order to start the artistic global campaign of BFT in support of UN Convention against enforced disappearances in the world.