One member of our History group, where we're finding out about the 1900s Russian Revolutionary period, was very excited about going to see 'Dogs of Europe' – put on by the Belarus Free Theatre ...
|The image on the Barbican website for the play|
She obviously was overwhelmed … and I haven't had a chance to sit down and actually chat to her – she handed me a flyer that was in the theatre …
Set out in summary form below …
Subject: A blogger, designer from Minsk.
Date of Birth – April 18th, 1985
S E N T E N C E
Art. 342 of the Criminal Code - violation of public order
Art.391 CC (Insulting a Judge)
Art. 188 CC (Libel)
P R I S O N
Tokarchuk Olga Andreevna
Prison No. 8.222163, Zhodino,
Sovietskaya str., 22A
OLGA was detained several times after the 2020 elections. On May 19, the apartment where she lives with her husband and two minor children was searched. At that time, she was already in the status of a suspect under Articles 391 of the Criminal Code, and Aritcle 188 of the Criminal Code. After the last detention Olga was charged with a new Charge under Article 342 of the Criminal Code.
Here's the link to the Dogs of Europe play … with further details from the director on how the play came about …
I quote from 'Sir Tom Stoppard':
You can be sure of one thing - Belarus Free Theatre are the good guys.
For seventeen years the company has been chased around, persecuted, arrested, exiled, spied on and slandered by the Lukashenko regime, always in danger and impoverished, and during all that time it has made theatre driven by the death of freedom in Belarus.
Today the last dictator in Europe is paying his dues to Putin, and BFT is once again on stage to remind us what is at stake.
Nikolai Khalezin, Artistic Director, Belarus Free Theatre … notes that if we look for parallels in art then Dogs of Europe reflects his life …
… the book is an adaptation of Alhierd Bacharevic’s mammoth novel set in a dystopic Europe of 2049. (c/o the Editorial note in the website).
… In the book published in 2017, most of Asia has fallen under a secret-service dominated Russian “reich”, while an ever more fragmented western Europe grapples with a refugee crisis.
The title seems to recall W H Auden’s poem on the death of Yeats: “In the nightmare of the dark / All the dogs of Europe bark / And the living nations wait / Each sequestered in its hate.” (Part III 2nd verse)
I hope you will get a chance to look at the Barbican website – where further details are available … about the Free Theatre Belarus Editorial Section …
|The Monster Cockroach -|
see the reference to Lukashenko
It is ever more horrific – the book and play provide greater insight into what life is like in a Soviet state … especially for those who abhor and activate for freedom of life (political liberty) in their own country.
I just had to post about this theatre group …
Peace to Ukraine,
and I hope no interference from Belarus … yet fawning Lukashenko worryingly worships Putin.
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The Dissidents' site about Olga Andreevna Tokarchuk's imprisonment details.
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