This two-day workshop is an introduction to BFT’s unique approach to devising and creating theatre based on the lived-experience of individuals.
Akin to documentary journalism, our approach to generating new theatrical material seeks to give an authentic expression to untold stories, often focused on issues of social justice, societal taboos and human rights.
BFT has pioneered creating award-winning theatre at-distance and in doing so has developed a robust methodology for online rehearsal. This session draws upon this expertise, reflecting on the learnings, good-practice and challenges for those undertaking a creative process in a digital space
BFT’s two-week residential summer school offers a total immersion into BFT’s unique approach to devising and creating theatre, combining an in-depth exploration of art-activism together with a raft of theatrical techniques culminating in the creation of a brand new piece of work.
Each year the summer school takes place in a different city located in one of the post-Soviet Union states. Against this backdrop, students learn about the history of dictatorial rule that oppressed the region for nearly 70 years, and how its legacy extends to the present day
“One of the bravest and most inspired underground troupes on the planet” The New York Times
For the past fifteen years, Belarus Free Theatre has pioneered a global model of activism that unites artistic, geopolitical, environmental and human rights concerns, using theatre to build a movement for democracy, human rights and artistic freedoms.
Founded in 2005 in Minsk under Europe's last surviving dictatorship, and banned by its own government on political grounds, BFT’s leadership and permanent ensemble are uniquely equipped with first-hand experience of the myriad threats facing democracy today.
Co-founding Artistic Directors, Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, lead on high-level political advocacy and investigative journalism from the UK whilst BFT’s 12-strong permanent ensemble deliver citizen-facing work around cultural resistance through performances, campaigns and education programmes on the ground in Minsk.
We had hoped to share more details with you about BFT's campaigns, upcoming productions and our remarkable and indefatigable permanent ensemble but cannot do so at the current time without putting those in Minsk in greater danger.
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We will be announcing workshops held in the UK and online so please check our Education section.