Byelorussian Drama Theatre Company
Walery Anisienka @en
Byelorussian Drama Theatre Company (‘ Free Stage’ before 2000) was established in 1990 during the national revival and democratization in Byelorussia. Young playwrights, directors and actors got together and within a short period of time the company won the hearts of the audience and recognition of the critics. Their primary task was to promote Byelorussian drama, which they performed next to the classical drama (Shakespeare’s King Richard III was among their best productions). The company has participated with a considerable success at international theatre festivals, including Edinburgh (1995, 1996), Moscow (1996), Gdañsk (1996), Brest (1999) and others. The Lublin audience got acquainted with the company in 2001 at the Puppet Theatre Festival (Child of Bethlehem). After political transformations in Byelorussia the company started facing major problems, but still continues working, consciously focused on the experiments of young artists. Różewicz’s drama fascinated the company with a possibility of search for a new unconventional style, ways in which an actor could be present on stage. Unlike S³awomir Mro¿ek, Tadeusz Ró¿ewicz is almost unknown in Byelorussia. Departure of the Starveling was commissioned by the Theatre Confrontations festival.