In Conversation with Belarus Free Theatre


JOIN US for an up-close and intimate conversation with Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, Artistic Directors on one the world’s most fascinating theatre companies – Belarus Free Theatre. Natalia and Nicolai are in Toronto to teach at the Volcano Conservatory, and they are looking forward to a conversation about their bold work and creative practice with us.

About Belarus Free Theatre
Belarus Free Theatre (BFT) is a company of 25 people – some in Minsk, some in London – who are one of the very few hopes for the intellectual and artistic freedom of the 10 million people of Belarus. Belarus Free Theatre was founded on 30 March 2005 in Belarus by Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, who were soon joined by Vladimir Shcherban. Between them, these three developed the artistic aesthetic of the company which has remained the same throughout its existence. They sought political asylum in the UK in 2011 and created a new part of the company in London, while continuing their work with the permanent ensemble left behind in Minsk who perform and tour around the world as Belarus Free Theatre.

BFT continues as a two-headed beast, in one capacity a UK registered theatre company doing plays with British, Belarusian and international actors, and in the other, continuing the work of their permanent ensemble in Minsk and the theatre laboratory, Fortinbras. BFT creates unique theatre because of its innovative approach to urgent and challenging social and political issues.

The company works with artistic material that is based not only on different styles and types of art but at the edges of spheres such as arts, science and politics. Belarus Free Theatre has performed in over 42 countries around the world and is recognized for its unique role in theatre as well as for its denial of the narrow options offered it by a contemporary world.

In Conversation with Belarus Free Theatre
Saturday July 26 at 4PM; The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St W
FREE to attend
RSVP by emailing natasha@volcano.ca
Space is very limited!