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Throughout 2017, REVOLUTION17 will explode with new perspectives, extraordinary artists and challenging ideas, presenting a year of vibrant and urgent performance from the turbulent Soviet century.

Over the last five years, we have been immersed in an artistic journey through the lands, people, stories and cultures of the Post Soviet States (read about the development). We have been searching for a deep understanding of the region before, during and since the Soviet Union. All this activity will culminate in 2017, with monthly Dash Cafes featuring live music, film, performance, readings and discussions at Rich Mix, our revolutionary summer house the Dash Arts Dacha will appear across the UK from May to August, and regular Dash Gigs at venues across London with a rush of live music, film and performance featuring leading musicians from Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan and Belarus.


DASH ARTS DACHA: The Dacha at the British Library

Friday 26 - Monday 29 May | Check Times Each Day | British Library | FREE | Drop In


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

Monday 12 June | 7:30pm | Rich Mix | FREE | RSVP

DASH EVENT: Late at the Library - The Storming of the Library

Friday 23 June | 7:30pm | British Library BUY TICKETS

DASH CAFE: The Revolution that Changed the World

Wednesday 28 June | 7:30pm | Rich Mix | FREE | RSVP

Late at the Library: The Storming of the Library

Friday 23 June | 7:30pm | British Library 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB | £20

Play your part in recreating the drama, part theatre spectacle, part mass participation, part film-set, this thrilling event is inspired by the extraordinary agit-prop Revolutionary Festivals staged in Petrograd in 1918-20. With designs by avant-garde artists and huge casts, the original re-stagings attempted to celebrate and even out do the original events, and were a great inspiration to film makers such as Eisenstein. Join us for an evening of performance, music, film and spectacle accompanied by the turbo-punk energy of our musical comrades The Destroyers and DJ Penny Metal.

On this night of mass action, develop your revolutionary or capitalist character skills with some of our studio’s finest actors, join our prop and banner making ateliers, experience physical actions from our award-winning choreographer, craft revolutionary words with the greatest script-writers and poets of our time and then play a part in our epic re-enactments all under the expert guidance of our renowned director. - More from the British Library

Tickets to Late at the Library include admission to the British Library's Major Exhibition:  Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths

The Jack Wood Dakha Brakha Olesya Zdorovetska Sasha Ilyukevich Dash Arts Dacha Dash Arts Dacha Renegade Orchestra

Previous Revolution17 Events

DASH CAFE: The Émigré Flight from Russia

24 May 2017 | Rich Mix, London 

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 - Photos HERE

5 May 2017 | British Library, London 

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

Late at the Library: Sounds of the Revolution

5 May 2017 | British Library, London 

Presented with the British LibraryNonclassical and Kino Klassika

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.

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).

Read here about the development of the Renegade Orchestra.

Brodsky/Baryshnikov (UK Premiere)

Wednesday 3 - Sunday 7 May | Apollo Theatre, London

Presented by Lester Partners in association with Dash Arts.

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

Dash Squat: A European Counter-Cultural Takeover

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

Part of the V&A Performance Festival

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...?

Revolutionary Futures: After Khlebnikov

26 January 2017 | King's College London | FREE

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

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.