Running from the 12th June until the 11th July, Dash Arts Dacha is a month long performance space which will feature an ever changing programme of performances.
Based on the iconic Russian summer house, set in the revolutionary turmoil of 1917, the Dacha delves into life in 1917 as seen through the eyes of Popov family dacha in Vyritsa, several hours outside Petrograd.
The residence at Rich Mix will see Dash Arts exploring the period starting from spring 1917, just after the Tsar abdicated, moving towards the October Revolution and with the content changing as much as the icons on the wall.
Everyday visitors will be able to experience something new and different with a programme that features live music, films, food, fevered discussion with special guest speakers, plays, and DJs, drawing on a century of Russian music and culture. All served with tea from the samovar and vodka from the bar.
Highlights of the programme include listening to live music from UK based artists originally from the Post Soviet States including Belarusian punk rocker Sasha Ilyukevich and His Highly Skilled Migrants, joining the Dacha family in bringing to life classic plays and texts in which audiences are invited to join in with or for film fans a selection of films will be shown on the Dacha home movie screen including Andrey Zvyaginstsev’s Oscar-nominated Leviathan.
Dash Arts Dacha is produced by Dash Arts and curated by co-Artistic Directors, Josephine Burton and Tim Supple and designed by Bryan Woltjen.
Artistic Director Josephine Burton said: “Several years ago, Dash Arts was invited to Latitude Festival. Tania Harrison, the festival programmer, was keen that we brought some element of our work in the Post Soviet States to the wondrous mix of performance, music, theatre and play that she and her colleagues create each summer. As she described the location of her Faraway Forest, in the woods, removed from the thoroughfare of the main festival drag, I pictured the wooded landscapes and dappled light of the Russian and Post Soviet films and images that I was currently steeped in and suggested that we created a Russian country house, a Dacha, for their Forest. The Dacha became the vessel for our experiments and performance.”
Dash Arts Dacha will take place from the 12th June until the 11th July at Rich Mix. For more information visit: http://www.dasharts.org.uk/events/dashartsdacha.html