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Burning to Tell You: Critical Conversations with Risk-Taking Artists

The Lab and The Clarice Proudly Present

Burning to Tell You

 Critical Conversations with Risk-Taking Artists

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:30am

National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Holeman Room
Washington, D.C. 20045

Burning to Tell You brings together artists, activists, journalists and thinkers from around the world whose work embodies the urgency of free expression in contexts of censorship, repression and violence. The event will highlight leading artists from a range of disciplines (theater, film, music, media arts, political cartooning), including Belarus Free Theatre, a UK-based international award-winning theatre company-in-exile, founded on principles of freedom of speech and artistic expression, the Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot, acclaimed best-selling author Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Republic of Imagination), and leading voices from Syria, Iran, and the United States. Featuring a roundtable discussion, documentary footage, and a special performance by award-winning actor Rick Foucheux from Harold Pinter's Nobel Lecture, the event brings together artists whose work emerged out life-threatening circumstances to have a global impact and to help to forge and sustain communities in diaspora.

The Lab and The Clarice, building on previous fruitful collaborations, are officially launching an ongoing partnership with Burning to Tell You and the Belarus Free Theatre residency. Recognizing our deeply shared values and significant overlap in the artists with whom we engage, and our shared commitment to the creation and support of path-breaking new work, the partnership aims to enhance the impact and global leadership of the work of both organizations. The partnership aims to maximize the synergies between The Clarice’s expansive roster of performances, and The Lab’s mission to harness the power of performance to humanize global politics, expanding the reach of both organizations’ efforts and creating new collaborative opportunities for both the Georgetown and University of Maryland campuses, and for audiences throughout the DMV region.

Burning to Tell You is produced in association with Freedom House.


Natalia Kaliada
Founding Co-Artistic Director of Belarus Free Theatre (Belarus)
Maria Alyokhina
Member of Pussy Riot; performer in Belarus Free Theatre’s Burning Doors (Russia)
Azar Nafisi
Author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I’ve Been Silent About (Iran)
Nik Kowsar
Member of Board of Directors of Cartoonists Rights Network International (Iran)
Honey al Sayed
Founder of Honey & LLC and Director of Media and Arts for Peace Initiative at the Geneva Center for Security Policy; former award-winning radio host & producer (Syria)
Nadia Brodskaya
Co-Managing Director, Belarus Free Theatre (Belarus)
Svetlana Sugako
Co-Managing Director, Belarus Free Theatre (Belarus)
Marc Behrendt
Director for Europe and Eurasia programs, Freedom House (USA)


Derek Goldman and Cynthia Schneider
Co-Directors, The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (USA)

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