• Insulted. Belarus

    a p​lay by Andrei Kureichik

  • A play for the times

    Kureichik, a well-known Belarusian playwright/screenwriter/producer, is a member of the Coordination Council of Belarus. His 7-character play tells the story of the first month of the Belarusian revolution, its ups and downs on the eve of the inevitable democratization of the country after 26 years of dictatorship. All characters have real prototypes, in some you will recognize former and current leaders of the country, in others - incredible Belarusians who have gone out to battle the totalitarian machine, sometimes at the cost of their lives, their freedom, and their loved ones. They represent polar points of view in the awakened Belarusian society. The author seeks to understand how the Belarusian revolution differs from Prague in 1968, Russia in 1991 and Ukraine in 2014. He tells of the tragic escalation of violence and repression employed by the authorities to repress freedom-seeking Belarusians with bayonets and clubs, and how solidarity, truth and faith in human values inevitably lead to victory over evil.

    Worldwide Readings

    On 10 September, ARTEL was contacted by eminent theatre critic and translator, John Freedman, about the possibility of organizing a reading of Kureichik's play. We had no idea what the play would contain, but we knew instantly this was a moment in time when one must stake their fate. Unwittingly, we joined a handful of companies in the UK and USA who said yes instantly to Freedman's proposal, and this momentum has now snowballed. To date there are 57 venues in 16 countries. Please visit the Facebook page for the Worldwide Readings to be kept up to date and see archived versions of readings, and clips from the World Premiere in Ukraine!

    Support the People's Ultimatum on 25 October!

    Donate Now

    If you are able to help the people of Belarus, the following organisations and sites have been thoroughly vetted and funds are much needed. Any donation is greatly appreciated.

     

    Support Victims of Repressions in Belarus

    Belarus Free Theatre

    The Belarus Society Foundation

  • Video of Full Length Reading by ARTEL & Friends

    @ Maketank in Exeter on 19 September 2020 (just 10 days after the play was written!)

    In solidarity with the people and theater community of Belarus, Exeter’s contemporary performance incubator, Maketank presented a semi-staged reading of Kureichik’s play in translation by John Freedman. This was an extremely fast and dirty reading. Organised, conceived and performed by ARTEL and a cast of local Devon performers, including students from the University of Exeter. We read through the play at 1:30, stumbled through some blocking for camera, and broadcast live at 6pm. With special thanks to Philip Kingslan John for Britishizing the script and for the introduction of "We Shall Not Be Moved" and "The Partisan", and to Alexander Warn for the cinematography and essential stage managing.

    Stay Tuned to Maketank for information about an upcoming Exeter reading by an all-female cast of young theatre makers on 6 November 2020.

  • Participating Theatres

    (77 events at 62 venues in 18 countries as of 20 October 2020)

    UK

    ARTEL / Maketank, Exeter

    New Perspectives Theatre, Nottingham

    Slung Low, Holbeck

    GalinskyWorks , Norwich

    Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, London

    Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts

    Nicola McCartney, Edinburgh

     

    IRELAND

    Dublin Theatre Festival

    The Lyric, Belfast

     

    USA

    New York Theater Workshop, NYC, NY

    St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

    Acropolis Performance Lab, Seattle, WA

    Theatre Novi Most, Minneapolis, MN

    Arlekin Players Theatre, Boston, MA

    Moscow Nights with Streamyard, New Orleans, LA

    The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

    Studio 6, NY/NC

    Shrewd Productions, Austin, TX

    Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, PA

    Towson University, Towson/Baltimore, MD

    Rogue Machine, Los Angeles, CA

    Pink Velvet Witch, Coney Island, NY

    Anya Yermakova, Chicago, IL

    Terra Incognita, Bensalem, PA

    Beth Frances Milles, Cornell University

    Illinois University, IL

    Loyola Marymount University, LA, CA

    Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

    Illinois State University, Normal, IL

    The Forum and Shotgun Players, Bay Area, CA

    HERE, NYC, NY

    Exquisite Corpse Company, NYC, NY

    Tantrum Theater, Ohio University

    University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HA

    Mad Horse Theater, Portland, ME

     

    UKRAINE

    Kulish Academic Musical and Drama Theater, Kherson

    [World-premiere, full production, Oct. 1]

    Poltava Drama Theater, Poltava

    Wild Theater (Diky teatr), Kiev

    Kherson Puppet Theater, Kherson

    Odessa Cultural Center, Odessa

    Lvov Drama Center, Lvov

     

    RUSSIA

    Free Flight Films, Rain/Dozhd TV

     

    LITHUANIA

    Vilnius State Small Theatre of Lithuania

    Balcony Theatre, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius

     

    CZECH REPUBLIC

    Olomouc State University, Olomouc

    Festival of Contemporary Art 4+4 Days in Motion, Prague

    Municipal Theater of Zlin

     

    SLOVAKIA

    Center of Independent Culture, Banská Bystrica

    Tobacco Culture Factory, Košice

    Slovak Chamber Theatre, Martin

    Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theater, Zvolen

    Studio 12 + Divadlo Astorka Korzo '90, Bratislava Theatre Institute

     

    POLAND

    Teatr Dramatyczny, Warsaw

    Grotowski Center, Wroclaw

     

    GERMANY

    Multicultural City Theater, Berlin

    Larisa Itina, Berlin

     

    SWEDEN

    Royal Dramatic Theater, Stockholm

     

    BELGIUM

    Het nieuwstedelijk (The New Urban Theater), Leuven

    De leesclub (Reading Club), Antwerp

     

     

    ROMANIA

    Iași National Theatre

     

    BULGARIA

    Pleven

     

    GEORGIA

    Akhmeteli Theater, Tbilisi

     

    HONG KONG

    Blank Space Studio

     

    FRANCE

    Translation by Anastasia Shkola