The Light in the Darkness

The Light in the Darkness production is a joint project of the Tutejszy Theatre and the Tutaka Foundation. The performance is based on texts and biographies of artists who were murdered or repressed in 1937 in Belarus. In the 1930s, the Soviet NKVD carried out purges among the Belarusian intelligentsia. On the night of 29-30 October 1937, the NKVD executed around 130 poets, writers, composers and people of the arts. Their bodies were hidden in unmarked mass graves in Kuropaty near Minsk. That is why, since the 1980s, Kuropaty has become a symbolic place of resurgent Belarusian identity and democratic opposition, and, with the advent of Lukashenko's dictatorship, also a voice of opposition to him.

When the Belarusian revolution began in 2020, the executed poets again became an important reference point, as people are once again put in prison for trying to create or save Belarusian culture.

In 2022, the theatre made its first theatrical attempt to talk about these events in a poetic performance entitled '37-22', highlighting the parallel between the events of 1937 and 2022.

In the performance Light in the Darkness, the most important thing is the poetry that cannot be shot, that refuses to be shot. The Tutejszy Theatre, made up of Belarusian actors who left the country, nowadays wants to find and transmit happy moments through their work.

Director - Andrey Saŭčanka

Actors: Andrey Klašeń, Alyaksiej Chałupka, Vijaleta Kandratovič, Hanna Maško, Nasta Laškovič, Jarasłava Barynava, Alaksandr Jendžyjeŭski.

Production designer - Jura Dzivakoŭ

Composer - Erik Arloŭ-Šymkus

Production and realisation - Tutaka Foundation


15.10.2023 - Kierunek Wschód VII

27.10.2023 - (12:30 і 20:00) Bialystok Puppet Theatre

28.10.2023 - (20:00) Bialystok Puppet Theatre

29.10.2023 - XXVIII Festival of Belarusian Sung Poetry and Authors' Song "Bardauskaja Vosień"

The performance was created as part of the OFF Polska programme organised by the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute. Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.


The project takes place within the framework of the #ArtPower Belarus programme of the Belarusian Cultural Council and the Danish Cultural Institute thanks to financial support from the European Union.

The Tutaka Foundation participates in the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute's artistic residency programme for  artists from Belarus and Ukraine.

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