The Belarus Free Theatre: Committing Dangerous Acts

July 29, 2014 5:39 PM

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The Belarus Free Theatre: Committing Dangerous Acts

For those existing in the cultural space, art and life are intrinsically entwined. Director Madeleine Sackler brings that home in her film Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, recently featured as part of the HBO Documentaries series. Stack takes us to the Eastern European nation of Belarus to document how a troupe of actors have woven the material of their lives into their repertoire -- while simultaneously committing acts of political rebellion under the watchful eyes of a despot.

I first became aware of the Belarus Free Theatre when they came to New York City to take part in the Under the Radar Festival. A glowing review in the New York Times brought them to the attention of the American theater-going public.

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