Made up of three short plays (Childhood Legends, Diversity and Numbers), this piece is as much experience as performance. Childhood Legends, partly adapted from the youthful rebellions of the company members, portrays a series of young lives through telling universal tales of humiliation, unrequited love and the fear of growing old. Diversity is a vibrant collage of portraits of Belarusians on the margins of society, based on interviews with real people. Numbers is a succession of sketches describing harrowing statistics about life in Belarus, illustrated with a bright mixture of pantomime wit, anger and animation. The high level of sincerity of Zone of Silence and its serious attempt at generalization invite the audience to meditate on the taboo zones in their own country, and provoke reflection about the nature of taboo and our response to emotional truth.
Photo Credit: Nikolai Khalezin