Sign up to the mailing list for updates on all Dash Arts projects




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.

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK:  With our REVOLUTION17 season going out with a bang (see our last few events below) - we are compiling lists of our favourite events over the last five years.   Please click on this link to take a brief survey and share your thoughts:  REVOLUTION17 SURVEY

Since 2012, we have been immersed in an artistic journey through the lands, people, stories and cultures of the Post Soviet States (development) -- 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.

Follow our ongoing Revolution17 adventures on Instagram or Facebook.


DASH PARTICIPATION:  International Performance Lab

Monday, 20 November - Saturday, 2 December | Rich Mix | For More Information and To Apply


Friday, 24 November 6pm - 10pm | Tate Modern, London | FREE

DASH GIG: DakhaBrakha at Oval Space

Wednesday, 29 November | 8pm | Oval Space, London | £12-£15 | Book Tickets Here>


DASH GIG: Dash Asylum

Saturday, 2 December | 7:30pm | Rich Mix | £5 | Book Tickets Here>


Friday, 24 November | 6pm-10pm | Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG | FREE

Dash Arts is thrilled to be a part of Tate Modern's monthly Uniqlo Tate Late - late night opening.  Inspired by the new exhibition - RED STAR OVER RUSSIA (opening on 8 November through 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. 

Tate Modern: Red Star Over Russian

Tate Modern: Ilya and Emilia Kabakovnot: Not Everyone will be Taken Into the Future

The Uniqlo Tate Late

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

Previous Revolution17 Events

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

22 November 2017 | Rich Mix, London | FREE

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

30 October - 18 November 2017 | Shoreditch | PHOTO ALBUM

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 - Broadcast

22 July 2017 | Radio 4 | Available on BBC IPLAYER HERE>


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


12 June - 11 July 2017 | Rich Mix, London | FREE 

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 (7pm - 6am) 

1 July - 2 July 2017 | Rich Mix, London | FREE - PHOTOS HERE>

DASH ARTS DACHA: Summer 1917 (12pm - 6pm) 

1 July 2017 | Rich Mix, London | FREE 


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: Late at the Library - The Storming of the Library - CANCELLED

23 June 2017 | British Library, 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 (Co-Presented with Journeys Festival Portsmouth) 

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

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 - PHOTOS

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 -

Photos HERE   Video Trailer 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


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?

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


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.

Freedom on the Tyne  PHOTO ALBUM

Tim Supple talks 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.

Download the Programme Here>    Download the Breakfast Menu Here>
View the Facebook Event Page>

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.  

Generous support provided by Georgy Rossi.

KinoVino Catering

Late at the Library: The Storming of the Library

CANCELLED (12 June 2017)

It is with great sadness that we regret to inform you that the British Library are unable to present The Storming of The Library on Friday, 23 June.  Please contact the British Library for further information.  Thank you for your ongoing support.


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

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 



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.