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    Minsk 2011

    (Belarus)

    Belarus Free Theatre

    Strip clubs, underground raves and gay pride parades pulse beneath the surface of a city where sexuality is twisted by oppression. If scars are sexy then Minsk must be the sexiest city in the world.

    A love letter to a home that exiles those willing to fight for it, Minsk 2011 celebrated and mourned a land that has lost its way—a rare opportunity to experience a provocative and heartbreaking show from a revolutionary company.

    Belarus Free Theatre was founded in 2005 in 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.

    Fringe First winner 2011


    What makes it heartrending is the knowledge that the events described are true.

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    The Telegraph

    Top 3 photographs Nikolai Khalezin,