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Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin are the founders and artistic directors of Belarus Free Theatre. The Belarus Free Theatre (BFT) is an award-winning theatre company founded in 2005 in Minsk under Europe's last surviving dictatorship. Its existence is illegal in a country where only state-sanctioned theatre is permitted. Since 2011, BFT has been based between Minsk and London where founding members, husband and wife team Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, are political refugees in the UK. Described by The New York Times as, “one of the bravest and most inspired underground troupes on the planet”, BFT has brought audiences some of the world's most provocative theatre across the globe. BFT is an associate company of the Young Vic.