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Artists can't be silenced!


April 25 - May 17, 2015

Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 East 4th Street (2nd Floor)

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About the Belarus Free Theatre

Belarus Free Theatre was founded in 2005 under Europe's last surviving dictatorship; the company is one of the most outspoken critics of Belarus' repressive regime. Many company members have served time in prison, lost their jobs, gone into hiding or been exiled. Despite this, the company continues to develop award-winning work with the support of artists around the world.

Banned from performing in their home country, Belarus Free Theatre serves up food, music, dance and Shakespeare as they share true stories from inmates, executioners, human rights lawyers and families of the executed. This provocative and urgent show pierces the imagination with moments of the darkest humour as it challenges capital punishment in our contemporary world, where 95 countries still carry out the death penalty.

Trash Cuisine is devised and performed by Belarus Free Theatre

'One of the most powerful Underground companies on the planet' - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Production Information

Directed by Nicolai Khalezin | Written by Nicolai Khalezin & Natalia Kaliada
Concept, stage and costume design by Nicolai Khalezin & Natalia Kaliada

A continued collaboration with The Public Theater in support of Belarus Free Theatre.

Running time: 90 minutes | Performed in English

Trash Cuisine is a play about violence and, in particular, about the ability of society, a group or an individual to take the life of another. The play draws on the works of William Shakespeare, who often referenced capital punishment, and a variety of national cuisines in order to emphasize a local flavour of violence, endurance, life and hope. Live music performed on stage complements a series of stories staged in a variety of ways, bringing them to a common denominator.

Press coverage for Trash Cuisine

" Highly effective...Belarus Free Theatre has emerged as one of the bravest and most inspired underground troupes on the planet...Its presence has provided a necessary and welcomed reminder that theater can indeed be a revolutionary art." -Ben Brantley,
"Theatergoers always on the lookout for something they've never seen before are guaranteed to find that here."
"The show thrillingly raises important questions about the modern state of capital punishment through a well-choreographed barrage of sights, sounds, and smells... Every member of this eight-person ensemble fearlessly dives into this production, to chilling result...this unique and rigorous political theater is not to be missed."
"A beautiful exploration of human craving and excess; the desire to indulge our mouths not so different from the urge to whet our aggression."

Creative team

Additional contributions by Stephanie Pan, Nastassia Shcherbak, Aleh Sidorchyk, Clive Stafford Smith & Philippe Spall

Ensemble - Victoryia Biran, Kiryl Kanstantsinau, Siarhei Kvachonak, Esther Mugambi, Stephanie Pan, Pavel Radak-Haradnitski, Maryia Sazonava, Philippe Spall & Arkadiy Yushin

Composer and musician - Arkadiy Yushin | Choreographer - Bridget Fiske | Additional music - Stephanie Pan | Lighting Designer - Andrew Crofts | Set Designer: Yuri Kaliada | Production Manager - Svetlana Sugako | Company Manager - Nadia Brodskaya | Production Assistant: Andrei Urazau | International Coordinator: Yuri Kaliada | Executive Producers - Nicolai Khalezin & Natalia Kaliada | Original Producer & Researcher: Fenella Danway | Translator in Development: Olga Moskaleva

Originally co-produced in London with the Young Vic, supported by LIFT. Developed and presented at Stadsshouwberg, Amsterdam co-produced by the European Cultural Foundation as part of ECF’s Imagining Europe Festival October 2011. Researched with support from Amnesty International. Supported by: Network for Social Change, The Attenborough Charitable Trust, Kevin Spacey Foundation and Pleasance Theatre Trust.

Trash Cuisine features quotes from the following plays by William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar and Richard III.

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