The 18th International Belaya Vezha Theatre Festival, which is to take place in Brest from September 7th-14th, will be divided into three sections. “This year, we’ve decided to show the audience the best Belarusian and Polish performances, inviting theatre companies from Belarus and Poland. The third section will showcase interesting interpretations of world drama,” notes the Deputy Director General of the Brest Academic Drama Theatre, Larisa Novitskaya.
The theatrical forum will open with Who Laughs Last, staged by the Theatre-Studio of Cinema Actors. The play won the special award of the President of Belarus for arts and culture. Among the best Belarusian plays of recent years are the winners of the National Theatre Award: Queen of Spades (staged by Grodno Regional Puppet Theatre) and Classmates (by Mogilev Regional Drama Theatre). Tickets are already sold out.
The Polish part of the programme has been prepared in close co-operation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw and with the Polish Institute in Minsk. The programme will include five works of different genres: from Salto Mortale square performance to Portraits of Polish Kings, by the Narodowy Stary Teatr. Heleny Modrzejewskie (Helena Modjeska’s National Old Theatre in Krakow) will demonstrate the latest multimedia technologies in theatre.
Hamlet. Point G is sure to prove among the most popular, by the Moscow Moon Theatre, alongside Lady Macbeth, by the State Youth Theatre of Lithuania, The Oldest Profession monologue, by Robert Akopyan from Yerevan, and Antibodies docu-drama, by the Baltic House, from St. Petersburg. Taking part in the festival will be 23 theatre groups from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Greece, Egypt, Israel and elsewhere.
This year, the organising committee has decided to set aside a traditional jury, reserving the right to name the best show of the festival. The best male and female ‘actors’ will be chosen by theatrical critics and there will be awards from the media and audience.