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Throughout 2017, REVOLUTION17 exploded with new perspectives, extraordinary artists and challenging ideas as we presented a year of vibrant and urgent performance from the turbulent Soviet century.

From 2012-2017, Dash Arts was immersed in an artistic journey of development through the lands, people, stories and cultures of the Post Soviet States - searching for a deep understanding of the region before, during and since the Soviet Union and culminating across 2017 with monthly Dash Cafes featuring live music, film, performance, readings and discussions; our revolutionary summer house the Dash Arts Dacha appearing across the UK; and Dash Gigs with a rush of live music, film and performance featuring leading musicians from Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan and Belarus.

The Jack Wood Dakha Brakha Olesya Zdorovetska Sasha Ilyukevich Dash Arts Dacha Dash Arts Dacha Renegade Orchestra
A Year of Performance, Gigs, Cafes, Events, and Productions

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DASH GIG: Dash Asylum

2 December 2017 | Rich Mix | Photo Gallery

DASH GIG: DakhaBrakha

29 November 2017 | Oval Space, London | Photo Gallery

DASH EVENT:  Uniqlo Tate Lates

24 November 2017 | Tate Modern, London | Free 
Photo Gallery
 | The Compendium of Sixteen Game-Changing Chess Matches

DASH CAFE: Five Years with Dash Arts in the Post-Soviet World 

22 November 2017 | Rich Mix, London | Free

DASH PARTICIPATION: International Performance Lab

20 November - 2 December 2017 | Rich Mix | Photo Gallery

DASH PRODUCTIONS: Twistov: A Theatrical Adventure Through the Streets and Back-Alleys of Shoreditch

30 October - 18 November 2017 | Shoreditch | Photo Gallery

DASH CAFE: Revolution - 100 Years On

25 October 2017 | Rich Mix, London | Free

DASH GIG: Maya Youssef: Asylum: Journeys Festival International

27 October 2017 | Coastguard Studios, Portsmouth | Pay What You Can

DASH EVENT: Freedom on the Tyne/FreedomCity 2017

29 October 2017 | Various Locations | Newcastle-Gateshead | Free

DASH CAFE: On Meyerhold

27 September 2017 | Rich Mix, London | Free

DASH GIG: Maya Youssef Band at Victorious Festival (Part of Dash Asylum Project)

27 August 2017| World Music Village, Victorious Festival, Portsmouth

DASH CAFE: Disgraced Monuments, Iconoclasm and Soviet Dreams

26 July 2017 | Rich Mix, London | Free

DASH EVENT: BBC Radio 4: The Kitchen Cabinet in the Dacha

22 July 2017 | Radio 4 | Watch on BBC iPlayer


13 - 16 July 2017 | Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Suffolk | Photo Gallery

DASH ARTS DACHA: The Dacha at Rich Mix

12 June - 11 July 2017 | Rich Mix, London | Free | Photo Gallery

DASH EVENT: Live Recording of BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet with Jay Rayner

Tuesday, 11 July | Rich Mix | Free

DASH ARTS DACHA: E15's Month in the Country

6 - 9 July 2017 | Rich Mix, London | Free

DASH ARTS DACHA: Autumn 1917 - E15 Open House in the Dacha

9 July 2017 | Rich Mix, London | Free

DASH EVENT: Ten Days That Shook The World

1 July - 2 July 2017 | 7pm - 6am | Rich Mix, London | Free | Photo Gallery

DASH ARTS DACHA: Summer 1917

1 July 2017 | 12 - 6pm | Rich Mix, London | Free

DASH ARTS DACHA: Dacha Film Programme

22 June - 9 July 2017 | Rich Mix, London | Free

DASH CAFE: The Revolution that Changed the World

28 June 2017 | 7:30pm | Rich Mix | Free

DASH ARTS DACHA: A Weekend in the Summer of 1917

24 - 25 June 2017 | Rich Mix, London

DASH EVENT - FILM: And Quiet Flows the Don

22 June 2017 | Rich Mix, London | Free

DASH ARTS DACHA: A Weekend in the Summer of 1917

24 - 25 June 2017 | Rich Mix, London | Free

DASH GIG: Maya Youssef - Live - Refugee Week Performance

10 June 2017 | New Theatre Royal Cafe, Portsmouth | Free

Co-Presented with Journeys Festival Portsmouth

DASH ARTS DACHA: A Weekend in the Spring of 1917

17 - 18 June 2017 | Rich Mix, London | Free

DASH GIG: The Opening Night of The Dacha at Rich Mix

12 June 2017 | Rich Mix, London | Free

DASH ARTS DACHA: The Dacha at the British Library

26 - 29 May 2017 | British Library - Photo Gallery

DASH CAFE: The Émigré Flight from Russia

24 May 2017 | Rich Mix, London | Free

DASH GIG: Oligarkh

23 May 2017 | Rich Mix, London

DASH GIG: Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gultekin

11 May 2017 | Rich Mix, London

DASH EVENT: Late at the Library - Sounds of the Revolution

5 May 2017 | British Library, London | Photo Gallery | Video Trailer

DASH EVENT: Brodsky/Baryshnikov

3 - 7 May | Apollo Theatre, London

DASH GIG: The Disorientalists

4 May 2017 | Rich Mix, London

DASH CAFE: Clouded Lands and a New Cold War

26 April 2017 | Rich Mix, London

DASH GIG: Mariana Sadovska and Abraham Brody

25 April 2017 | Rich Mix, London

DASH EVENT: Dash Squat at the V&A

23 April 2017 | Rich Mix, London

DASH CAFE: Exposure: Soviet Politics on Film

22 March 2017 | Rich Mix, London

DASH GIG: The Jack Wood

25 February 2017 | Rich Mix, London

DASH GIG: Radio Gagarin: Come the Revolution

23 February 2017 | Rich Mix, London

DASH CAFE: Odessa a City of Rogues and Schnorrers

22 February 2017 | Rich Mix, London

DASH GIG: Battleship Potemkin (1925) with live, improvised score

17 February 2017 | Regent Street Cinema, London

DASH EVENT: Revolutionary Futures: After Khlebnikov

26 January 2017 | King's College London | Free

DASH CAFE: Ukraine - An Artist’s View

25 January 2017 | Rich Mix, London

DASH CAFE: Kolyada and Karachun: A Russian Winter Solstice Party

21 December 2016 | Rich Mix, London

DASH EVENT:  Uniqlo Tate Late - Cold Wars

24 November 2017 | Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG | Free

Dash Arts is thrilled to be a part of Tate Modern's monthly Uniqlo Tate Late.  Inspired by the new exhibition Red Star Over Russia (8 November - 18 February 2018), November's Uniqlo Tate Late will feature interactive art projects, films, a book launch, DJs, special bars,  and Dash Arts' unique metaphorical exploration of the Soviet/Post-Soviet century through the medium of the chess board -- all alongside open access to the museum. Please click on the links below for images from the event and to download a copy of the COMPENDIUM - instructions for 16 playable versions of the game. 

Tate Modern: Red Star Over Russian
Tate Modern: Ilya and Emilia Kabakovnot: Not Everyone will be Taken Into the Future
Photo Gallery
The Compendium of 16 game-changing chess matches


30 October - 18 November 2017 | Shoreditch, London

A young man called Twistov has gone missing in London. Inspired equally by Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist as well as the real experiences of migrant communities currently living in UK cities, TWISTOV explores identity and home and who we become if both are taken away from us.

After attending a talk by a distinguished lecturer the audience will be taken in small groups on a man-hunt, a bird-watch, and a game of cat-and-mouse in search of the elusive Twistov. As they journey, the audience will experience stories from the hidden lives of East London’s migrant population.

The performances of TWISTOV will start at Rich Mix and will be staged in Shoreditch, the heart of Dickens’ East End, where faint traces of the past remain visible. Over the performance, TWISTOV will take the audience on a journey that asks them to see beyond the new buildings and trendy shops, to look down side streets and in doorways and meet another London. Here we will face our own sense of home and identity: what would we do and where would we run, if these were our stories?

View the Gallery

Produced by Teatro Vivo in association with Dash Arts.
TWISTOV made possible with the generous support of Cockayne - Grants for the Arts; London Community Foundation; Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation; City Bridge Trust; Tower Hamlets Event Fund; Big Lottery Fund, Near Neighbours Funds; Unity Theatre Trust; Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust; Royal Victoria Hall Foundation; ACE - Grants for the Arts

Freedom on the Tyne

29 October 2017 | Newcastle-Gateshead

Dash Arts is pleased to be an associate of Freedom on the Tyne/Freedom City 2017 - the flagship event of a year-long commeration of the visit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to Newcastle and Gateshead in 1967.  Dash Artistic Director Tim Supple leads the city-wide day of reflection, education, performance and celebration as thousands take to the streets in organised performances across the city culminating in a re-creation of Dr. King's historic march across the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma.

View the Gallery | Watch Tim Supple talking about Freedom on the Tyne

BBC Radio 4 Live Recording: The Kitchen Cabinet in The Dacha

11 July 2017 | Rich Mix, London - Recorded
22 July 2017 | Radio 4 - Broadcast

Direct from The Dash Arts Dacha on its final day....Join us for a recording of BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet. Host Jay Rayner and guests Andi Oliver, Tim Anderson, Dacha favourite Mamoushka Chef Olia Hercules and Zoe Laughlin are in the Dacha, ready to answer all your questions about cooking and eating.  

The Kitchen Cabinet is BBC Radio 4's culinary panel programme. The show is witty, fast-moving, and irreverent, but packed full of information that may well change the way you think about cooking. Audience members will have the opportunity to put questions on anything and everything to do with food and drink to a panel of experts, and enjoy plenty of good-humoured conversation about cooking and eating.

DASH EVENT: Ten Days That Shook The World

1 July 7pm - 6am 2 July 2017 | Rich Mix, London

Through the night, performers, musicians, DJs and films will take audiences through the 1917 Revolution in St Petersburg that changed the world.  Our audience will become participants in a unique impromptu staging of John Reed's thrilling first-hand account TEN DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD.  Immortalised in Eisenstein's silent film OCTOBER) and many years later in Warren Beatty's John Reed-biopic REDS, the book is a short and stunning first-hand narrative of the Bolshevik revolution.  The improvised staging will be scheduled throughout the night and interspersed with electric gigs, pulsating DJ sets and movies -- all in our DACHA space.  

All survivors will be sent out into the morning filled with a Russian breakfast (with ingredients provided by KinoVino Catering) and, we hope, the memory of a never-to-be-repeated experience.

Ten Days That Shook The World is an Associate Programme of the wider ART NIGHT event occuring in galleries, clubs and other unexpected places throughout Whitechapel overnight on Saturday 1 July.

Download the Programme | Download the Breakfast Menu | Facebook Event

Generous support provided by Georgy Rossi. KinoVino Catering

DASH EVENT - FILM: And Quiet Flows The Don (1957)

22 June 2017 | Rich Mix, London 

A rare opportunity to experience this stunning 5+-hour epic film directed by Sergey Gerasimov telling the story of the lives of the Cossacks in a village in Southern Russia between 1912 and 1922 - adapted from one of the classics of early Soviet literature (author Mikhail Sholokhov eventually won the Nobel Prize for Literature primarily for this four-part epic).

The leading character Grigori Melekhov is a rugged Cossack, who is torn between his first and true love Aksiniya, and his wife Natalya. Grigori Melekhov’s personal life is shown as a rough journey through the experience of World War One, the Russian Revolution, and the following Civil War. The Cossacks are shown as traditional farmers and warriors, who are suffering through the most dramatic events in the history of Russia.

"A real large scale cinematic accomplishment about love and war, in the early 20th century"

"...elevated by historical context and exemplary craftsmanship."

Late at the Library: Sounds of the Revolution

5 May 2017 | British Library, London

Short films:
Rengade Orchestra - Jorney One, Alexander Manotskov
The End of St Petersburg + Live Score

A night of breathtaking live music, radical sound and silent film featuring the premiere of the Renegade Orchestra, a revolutionary piece of music theatre written by Russian composer Alexander Manotskov with musicians from the Post-Soviet States. The Renegade Orchestra has been researched, developed and created over several years by Dash Co-Artistic Director Josephine Burton. This event will be premiere the first part of this new work.

The evening continues with a screening of Vsevelod Pudovkin’s brilliant silent film The End of St Petersburg (1927) - in association with Kino Klassika - which beautifully depicts Russian peasants’ struggle and journey towards Revolution in 1917 which will be accompanied by a live soundtrack devised by British-based composer Gabriel Prokofiev and Manotskov and featuring the Renegade Orchestra and additional UK-based musicians. Monumental sounds, sirens, theramin, strings and foley instruments are combined with elements from works of the period by composers such as Sergei Prokofiev (grandfather of Gabriel) and the legendary experimentalists Mossolov, Avraamov and Matyushin.

Read here about the development of the Renegade Orchestra.

Presented with the British Library, Nonclassical and Kino Klassika
Made possible with the support of PRS for Music Foundation and Rich Mix London (The End of St Petersburg) and the Oleg Prokofiev Trust, Brighton Festival, and Cockayne - Grants for the Arts (Renegade Orchestra).

Brodsky/Baryshnikov (UK Premiere)

Wednesday 3 - Sunday 7 May | Apollo Theatre, London

Brodsky / Baryshnikov is a one-man show based on the poems of Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Conceived and directed by Alvis Hermanis, noted Latvian director of The New Riga Theatre, Brodsky / Baryshnikov is an emotional journey deep into the poet's visceral and complex compositions. Performed in Russian, Brodsky's mother tongue, Baryshnikov recites a selection of his long-time friend's poignant and eloquent works. His subtle physicality transports the audience into Hermanis' reverent imagining of Brodsky's interior world.

Performed in Russian with English surtitles.

Presented by Lester Partners in association with Dash Arts

Dash Squat: A European Counter-Cultural Takeover

Sunday 23 April 2017 | V&A Museum, London | Free

Dash Arts occupies the V&A with an electrifying performance space where live music from the wonderful British Portugeese singer songwriter Nessi Gomes, impromptu theatre, art-happenings and fevered political discussion awaits you alongside a warm welcome and endless drinks and snacks.

Part installation, part immersive experience, part debating chamber and part performance venue, the Dash Squat invites you into a provocative and compelling, quintessentially European environment.

On the day of the first round of Presidential Elections in France, the Dash Squat will house an invigorating and entertaining search for the heart of Europe. What is it? Who wants it? Who doesn't? And why...?

Part of the V&A Performance Festival

Revolutionary Futures: After Khlebnikov

26 January 2017 | King's College London | Free

Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian and British artists and academics come together to explore the writings of the utopianist horticulturalist mathematician and poet Velimir Khlebnikov in the centennial year of the Russian revolutions. Join us for a discussion with artists Nikita Kadan and Iced Architects, Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at the University of London Donald Rayfield and Dash Arts artistic director Josephine Burton, to explore Klebnikov's writings, their revolutionary artistic potential, and the broader implications that Russia's revolutionary past - and future - has for the world.

This public conversation will follow the opening of Glossolalia, a sound installation created by Iced Architects and based on Khlebnikov’s Language of the Future.  The installation will run at Pushkin House from 25th January 2017.

This event is part of Dash Arts long-term research project- artistic responses to the writings of the brilliant and mad Russian utopianist poet Velimir Khlebnikov. You can read more HERE.

Presented by Dash Arts, The Russia Institute at King's College London, and Pushkin House.