Ministry Of Counterculture
Ministry Of Counterculture
Belarus Free Theatre
Monologue for Two
Calendar of Events
Mind The Gap, Keep Calm and Carry On or We are all Fucked!
January 26, 14:07
Speech by Belarus Free Theatre artistic director Natalia Kaliada that became a major event at the Congress Arts, Power + Politics organised in New York by the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA).
July 21, 6:56
Pasha has gone. This car explosion stunned all his friends and everybody who knew him. It’s so hard to find words. Memories fill your head, allowing only to pump air into your lungs but not to breathe normally.
Letters: Actors, artists and writers look in the mirror and see a future in the EU
June 15, 9:58
SIR – The EU referendum is the biggest democratic decision of our time, and will have far-reaching consequences for generations to come.
Belarus - The Land Of Freedom Awards And Our Ignorance
June 02, 17:14
Since the fall of communism, there is hardly any other country in Central and Eastern Europe that has produced as many award-winning freedom fighters as Belarus.
How to make it as an Emerging Theatre Director
June 02, 8:48
It’s hard to pin-point when exactly your journey as a theatre maker begins. It could be when you first step into the real world as a graduate, with a vague idea of what you want to do and how you might do it. Or before that, when you first start your training having decided that this is the profession you maybe want to go into. Or even earlier, when have your first drama lesson in high school, and realise that this is something that you not only enjoy, but you’re not too bad at it either. Or it could be that you haven’t ever had any of these experiences, but you just happened to go to the theatre for the first time last night and it has changed your life forever. Whenever it is, once you start thinking about the future it always feels like you have much more work ahead of you than you have left behind – which is scary.
Svetlana Alexievich. Power of power
May 30, 16:36
A conversation with Nobel Prize Literature winner Svetlana Alexievich took place in London’s Southbank Centre on May 29 as part of Power of Power festival. The event was opened by Natalia Kaliada, a co-artistic director of Belarus Free Theatre, who introduced the prominent Belarusian writer to the London audience. Svetlana Alexievich talked to British writer and literary critic Marina Warner and answered questions from the audience. The announced topic was “Putin and Power”, but the conversation was much deeper. Below are keynotes of Svetlana Alexievich’s speech.
How to Write an Opera (a young composer’s rubrics)
Blanka Barbara Stachelek
March 04, 12:10
If we imagine the entire path of a composition, from its origin to its completion in a real interpretation and performance, we can see a line passing from infinity, through the finite and definite elements of the written score, and back to infinity or eternity.
Nicolai Khalezin: “I've changed the coordinate system”
March 02, 22:00
An interview with director of Belarus Free Theatre Nicolai Khalezin.
Are we not men?
February 26, 15:34
Some thoughts on Peter Brook’s Lord of the Flies, Tell me Lies, The Tightrope at the French Institute and Battlefield at the Young Vic.
A trip from New York to New York
February 03, 17:20
I fell in love during my first visit to New York at the turn of the millennium. I fell in love with the city that was haunting me in literature and cinema and luring me by the greatest cultural phenomena of the past century, the city that I, as it seemed to me, knew better than any other one in the world. We met finally, and for a long time it secured the top position in the ranking of my favourite cities I have visited for many years of trips across different continents.
Vladimir Shcherban: 10th anniversary is what we need to get used to
February 02, 9:47
Vladimir Shcherban stages a new play after large-scale celebrations of the theatre's 10th anniversary. Read his new interview about the new work, plans for the future, post-festival thoughts and principles of his work.
Yuri Andrukhovych: "A Lot of Ex-hipsters Are Now Soldiers"
January 18, 12:23
Yuri Andrukhovych is one of the most prominent writers of Ukraine. He has been a spokesman for the Maidan protests in Kiev last year. But in the latest months, Ukraine has fallen from the radar of the Western media. He offers us an update on Ukrainians after the Maidan and during the civil war.
Death Penalty: 'The UK government revised human rights obligations to promote trade'
December 16, 17:22
Maya Foa speaks to Julia Farrington from a lawyers office in Washington DC about her work as Director of Death Penalty Programmes at Reprieve and author of SLIP (Stop Lethal Injection Project) campaign.
On the Criminalization of Homosexuality
November 26, 19:08
“Out of the 53 Commonwealth states, 40 still criminalise same sex relationships largely on the basis of laws that they inherited from the British Empire.” Alistair Stewart – Programme manager Kaleidoscope Trust.
Political cartoonist Zunar's "sedition" trial begins
November 05, 15:49
Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, aka Zunar, currently faces a record number of nine simultaneous charges under Malaysia’s controversial sedition act in a trial that is now scheduled to begin on 6th Nov 2015.
November 02, 15:06
Yes, I am ‘an enemy of the state’: This is how I am labeled in Belarus. And yes, I am a ‘political refugee’: This is what I am called here in the UK. I am proud of being both.
Exiled but not silenced
October 31, 9:46
An ongoing conversation between Belarus Free Theatre’s associate director Vladimir Shcherban and Georgie Weedon.
Warriors for freedom against the "yoke of the Kremlin"
October 31, 9:17
“The goals of the state and the goals of art seldom coincide” says Aleksandr Sokurov in his latest film Francofonia, which is about the preservation of the Louvre Museum and its antiquities during WW2. The statement is also pertinent to troubled Eastern Europe and to bands Brutto and Boombox in particular, who perform at Belarus Free Theatre’s I’m with the Banned this Sunday.
Svetlana Alexievich. Reason and feelings
October 26, 17:26
“The Nobel Prize in Literature is not just a prize; it is a cause and a context. The cause to discuss, condemn and praise an author; to complete his or her context, ranking him among the writers who deserve more than just a high number of copies and royalties.”
Dromgoole on Shakespeare, Kane and Marx’s favourite play
October 22, 20:22
Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Dominic Dromgoole spoke about Shakespeare and politics with Julia Farrington, after a busy day rehearsing Pericles for the indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.