Photo: Vladimir Lupovskoy
Belarus. A former Soviet republic crushed between Russia and Europe. Under the totalitarian rule of President Alexander Lukashenko prosecution of opposition activists, torture in prison and shameless propaganda in media became an everyday reality.
The documentary performance Two in Your House is based on a real story. In the violent post-election crackdown on opposition, the Belarusian KGB has placed poet and opposition politician Vladimir Neklyaev under house arrest, where he was kept under constant surveillance by security agents placed in his house.
The performance focuses on the house arrest that lasted several months. The breach of private space, turning a home into a prison and constant surveillance by KGB functionaries was what interested the artists from Teatr.doc the most. As time passes, the situation becomes more and more dramatic; the tension in the apartment is rising. The playwrights carried out a number of interviews in Belarus, on which they have based their script.
Teatr.doc is an independent theatre from Moscow which has been founded in 2001 by playwrights of the young generation. Teatr.doc focuses on documentary theatre, resolving to make socially relevant theatre, a theatre talking about current, actual issues that, according to them, call for artistic reworking. “The goal of Teatr.doc is to provide an objective image of reality”. To this goal they are still true; doing their best to give a voice to the people they meet.
Producers: Teatr.doc, Baltic Circle, Krakow Theatrical Reminiscences, Spielart Festival, Kanuti Gildi Saal, brut Wien, Archa Theatre & Festival Divadelna Nitra
Supported by: Kultur Kontakt Austria & Estonian Ministry of Foreign affairs
Text: Elena Gremina
Background research and interviews: Ekaterina Bondarenko, Talgat Batalov, Aleksandr Rodionov
Artistic Director: Mikhail Ugarov
Director: Talgat Batalov
Choreography: Aleksander Andriyashkin
Video: Andrey Stadnikov
Set design: Vladimir Bagramov
Director’s Assistant: Ksenia Osipova
Light and Sound: Anton Taishihin
English translation: Maria Kozlovskaya
Music compositions by: Johannes Burström, Zoya Garina
Performers: Maxim Kurochkin, Irina Savitskova, Oleg Kamenschikov, Aleksey Maslodudov, Sergey Ovchinnikov
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