Beautiful Friends is a story without words; a performance, synthesising physical theatre and dance theatre, improvisation and performance.
>We are a completely independent LGBT Russian dance and theatre collective, having come together to work on our own initiative and entirely for the love of what we do. As you are probably aware, it’s relatively uncommon and complicated for independent theatre to receive funding. This is all the more true for projects which address difficult and uncomfortable themes (to say nothing of the taboo and practically forbidden world of LGBT projects in Russia).
We are, however, certain that is exactly these projects like ours which are free from constraints of dogma and politics, free to honestly reflect reality and give viewers a chance to reflect and find answers to the questions that affect their lives.
Talking about difficult topics can be tough, but it’s even harder to be left alone to face a problem, when you don’t know much about it or don’t feel that you’re ready to face it. This is why the performance deals with the issue of HIV. The problem is not only the huge number of people infected in Russia (projections show that the number will reach 1 million by the end of 2015, discounting unofficial cases), but also the fact that the has been swept under the carpet to an extent, as if it had disappeared in the distant 80s and 90s and no longer poses a threat. With our play we want not only to tell a story, enlighten and inform, but also help find solutions to specific life situations and, of course, inspire a conscientious attitude in our viewers towards themselves and their partners.
We are currently faced with the issue of underfunding. Our project is a kind of socially conscious startup, which is not and has no plans to be a profitable venture. Nonetheless, we are still in need of funds for technical equipment, preparation of stage decorations, creation of an audiovisual setup, purchase of props, sewing of costumes and running an advertising campaign.
At present we have raised some of the funds for staging the performance by ourselves but, in order to achieve everything that we have set out to achieve, we need your help. It’s because of this that we turn to you and ask for your help in fundraising for the production.
We recognise that supporting the performance will require your courage, determination and good will, and we are confident that you can play your part in the creation of Beautiful Friends, making a contribution to the fate of the LGBT community and beyond.
In turn, we welcome all kinds of cooperation (public or anonymous sponsorship, partnerships, or any help you can offer in the provision of physical and non-physical resources required for the production), and are happy to discuss various ways in which we can repay you in kind.
We sincerely hope we can count on your support, and thank you in advance for your attention.
The tentative date of the premiere in Saint Petersburg (Russia) – November 2015.