Spring 1917

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In a nutshell The opening weekend of The Dacha, our Russian country house. Song, theatre and storytelling - drop in and see what's happening. Go on... The Popov Family have retreated to the Dacha in Vyritsa, several hours outside Petrograd to escape the gloom and confusion of the last days of the Imperial Monarchy. The Dash Arts Dacha is an installation and ever-changing performance venue modelled on the iconic Russian country house set amid in the revolutionary chaos of 1917. Throughout the weekend, lose yourself in stories, dressing up, board games and cards, live music and impromptu theatre performances where audiences can pick up a script and help us bring to life a classic play from the period. What to Expect Sat 17 Jun / 12pm - 4pm 12.30pm: Iryna MuhaUkrainian songstress beguiles us with some classic ballads and folk songs. 2pm: East 15 Acting School presents...See the premiere of new plays inspired by the vibrant culture & political turmoil of the Soviet Century: Gorbachev (dir. Lewis Frost); Her Lover and Four People (dir. Daniela Atienca); Witness (dir. Selena Lu) Sun 18 Jun / 12pm - 6pm 2pm + 5pm: Sasha IlyukevichBelarusian troubadour sings songs inspired by the lush poetry of the silver age. 3pm: The Forbidden PathRussian tales from deep in the forest with storyteller Rachel Rose Reid. WHO'S INVOLVED Dash Arts Dacha is curated by co-Artistic Directors Josephine Burton and Tim Supple, designed by Bryan Woltjen and packed with musicians, actors, activists and thinkers. It has played to rave reviews at Latitude Festival, British Library, Leyton Midsummer and Wandsworth Fringe Festivals. The Dacha forms part of REVOLUTION17 - an explosion of performance by artists from across the Post Soviet States. Produced by Dash Arts Supported by Rich Mix London, PRS Foundation and Tower Hamlets Events Fund. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING 'The most fun, raucous late-night dancing at [Latitude] Festival' The Observer Review 'Inspiring, fun, intellectually stimulating and challenging. See you next year!' – audience 'A little jewel' – audience WHY DOES RICH MIX MATTER? 'Rich Mix is an important cultural centre for the development of arts and performance in London particularly those addressing the complexities of Eastern European culture and the post-Soviet space.' FIND OUT MORE Website: www.dasharts.org.uk Twitter: @dasharts Facebook: /Dash THINGS YOU SHOULD