DashArts Presents: Ukrainian Dacha at the Bedford Pub, 20-22 May 2016

May 19, 2016 • Cultural, Past Events • Views: 980



Friday, 20 May 2016, 12.00 – 22.00

Saturday, 21 May 2016, 12.00 – 22.00

Sunday, 22 May 2016, 12.00 – 22.00


The Bedford Pub, 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD London, United Kingdom



The Dash Arts Dacha is a 12-hour, ever-changing free performance , welcoming audiences through the prism of an Ukrainian family and their friends across a century – from the turbulence at the end of Tsarist imperialist rule, through Soviet socialism, to the contemporary challenges of independence. Films, dressing up, board games and cards, fevered political discussion with guest experts, live music, impromptu theatre performances and late night DJs are all on offer with an endless supply of comforting drinks and snacks. Artists include Muha, Abraham Brody, Tim Judah, Theatre Borscht, Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants, Mazaika Duo and DJ Penny Metal.

Dash Arts Dacha is curated by our co-Artistic Directors Josephine Burton and Tim Supple, designed by Bryan Woltjen and packed with musicians and actors. It forms part of our on-going REVOLUTION17: an explosive season of performance from artists across the countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union.

Ukrainian highlights


Friday, 20 May, 18:00 – 19:30

FILM SCREENING: Earth (1930) by Ukrainian director Alexander Dovzhenko

This film is an important part of the heritage of an entire epoch of cinema, in which the master himself dictates new rules of artistic imagery, poetry and semantic paradoxes. Last year it celebrated its 85th anniversary.

The film, which was seemingly based on the traditional patriotic theme of “collectivisation” so popular in 1920s and 30s, suddenly seemed ‘dangerous’ and event ‘harmful’ to Soviet officials. In an act of ideological sabotage the film was given thirty two previews in an attempt to expose the director. Against all odds, “Earth” was released for distribution on 8th April 1930. However 9 years later, through the efforts of the same officials it disappeared from Soviet screens, but continued on to conquer European cinema. Following a screening in Berlin about fifty reviews appeared in the press, the authors of which were thrilled. Twenty eight years after its short-lived triumph and then sudden forced descent into oblivion, “Earth” was officially recognised in Dovzhenko’s homeland.


Thursday, 21 May, 14:00 – 16:00

PLAY: Impromptu performance of GRAINSTORE by Ukrainian playwright Natalya Vorozhbyt

From the GUARDIAN: This play is about the terror-famine that caused seven million deaths in Ukraine and neighbouring lands in the 1930s. A grim subject, but this extraordinary play by Natal’ia Vorozhbit tackles it, in Sasha Dugdale’s translation, with passion, intelligence and cunning. Vorozhbyt starts from a village Romeo–and-Juliet relationship that foreshadows the coming conflict: the peasant Arsei falls for Mokrina, who hails from a family of kulaks (skilled farmers). But the play’s cleverest idea is to show how life mirrors art. A group of agitprop actors descends on the village to hymn Soviet supremacy. As the Stalinist ideal of collectivisation is pursued and the kulaks are stripped of their land, the agitational drama turns into a nightmarish reality. Vorozhbyt brings home the scale of the disaster by focusing on a single community. One particular scene brands itself on the memory. At the height of the famine, the starving villagers are forced to do jovial peasant dances for the sake of a propaganda movie: as they stumble through their routines, the banquet, their supposed reward, becomes an ever-more-distant mirage.

No single play can convey the full horror of Stalinist genocide, but this one reminds us of an event that, as George Orwell said, English russophiles tend to blot out.


Saturday, 21 May, 14:00 – 16:00

FILM SCREENING: Shadows of our Forgotten Ancestors (1965) by Sergei Parajanov

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Ukrainian: Тіні забутих предків, Tini zabutykh predkiv) is a 1965 film by the legendary filmmaker Sergei Parajanov based on the classic book by Ukrainian writer Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky. The film was Parajanov’s first major work and earned him international acclaim for its rich use of costume and colour. The film also features a detailed portrayal of Ukrainian Hutsul culture, showing Carpathian environment, family rituals, the beauty of Hutsul traditions, music, costumes, and dialect.


Sunday, 21 May, 14:00 – 16:00

FILM SCREENING: Borthers: The Final Confession (2013) by Viktoria Trofimenko

Brothers. The final confession (Ukrainian: Брати. Остання сповідь) is a 2013 Ukrainian drama film directed by Viktoria Trofimenko. The film is based on Torgny Lindgren’s novel Sweetness, which was published in 1995. It is a psychological drama developing on the highlands of the Carpathian Mountains. Two helpless old men, brothers, desperately trying to keep up competition with each other in order to prolong their lives. Even though their bodies are decaying and both are sick the one still wants to outlive the other. But one day a woman enters their remote dwelling… Read more here

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