New York ‘79 and Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker


New York ’79 is BFT’s theatrical response to experimental novelist, feminist and punk icon Kathy Acker’s seminal short story, New York City in 1979, “a tale of art, sex, blood, junkies and whores” that reveals the fault lines between sexual identity, politics and power.

Created one year later, its partner piece, Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker, is both a love letter to a country that has lost its way and a raw examination of the legacy of scars of repression in the Belarusian capital where sexual freedoms are oppressed and perverted by the authoritarian regime.

“This is what makes the show remarkable: it is a cry of protest against a society where even private life is subject to regulation yet, at the same time, is imbued with a nostalgic patriotism and belief in the possibility of a better future”

The Guardian, 17 June 2012