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Trash Cuisine at La MaMa, New York
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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
Nicolai Khalezin | Written by
Nicolai Khalezin &
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.
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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