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Generation Jeans (Belarus Free Theatre)
August 6 @ 7:30 pm - August 8 @ 10:00 pm
Australian premiere of the critically acclaimed production, Generation Jeans
MLIVE presents the Australian premiere of Belarus Free Theatre’s production Generation Jeans, at Monash University’s newly redeveloped Alexander Theatre. (Free parking is available for all evening shows at Monash University. )
The solo show by Nicolai Khalezin comprises three performances on 6, 7 and 8 August before it moves to a sell-out run at the Malthouse Theatre.
During the reign of the Soviet Union, Belarusians were prohibited from wearing jeans or listening to rock music. Two decades after the Union’s collapse, buying or selling these rare tokens of the ‘free world’ can still get you arrested.
Nicolai Khalezin gives a candid account of his own experience of incarceration and young love, illustrating how denim became a symbol of freedom under oppression. With a soundtrack by DJ Laurel, Generation Jeans is a vivid insight into modern life under Europe’s last dictatorship.
Belarus Free Theatre is the only theatre of its kind in Europe. Founded in 2005 by husband and wife team Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada, its members and students use theatre as an artistic means to resist political censorship and pressure from the government.
Seeking political asylum in the UK in 2011, Belarus Free Theatre is banned in its native country with company members having served time in prison and as a result have had to go into hiding and exile. Despite this the company continues to produce internationally-recognised theatre in the name of artivism, attracting rave reviews and prestigious awards from London to New York.
Read more here: Generation Jeans