Photo: the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre (c)
Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s ‘Earth’ screened in London as a part of the Dash Arts Dacha
4 July 2016
Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s ‘Earth’ was screened in London on 2 July as a part of the Dash Arts Dacha project and in partnership with the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre (Ukraine) and the British Ukrainian Society.
Produced in 1930, Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s ‘Earth’ is one of the best-known Ukrainian films that has been recognised as a masterpiece of world cinema. This avant-garde feature, which was banned 9 days after its release and glorified in Ukraine after Dovzhenko’s death, has brought forth probably the largest number of controversial interpretations.
The new score for ‘Earth’ was written by Ukrainian ethno-chaos band DakhaBrakha, whose music shifts the focus of the film from ideology to universal humanism.
The idea of the project organisers was to transform London’s Rich Mix venue into a real ‘dacha’ – a concept well-known across the former Soviet Union, but unusual for foreigners – for the duration of the festival.
The Dacha is a huge art installation – a venue for performance – for live music, DJs, discussion and theatre performances. The project is curated by Josephine Burton and Tim Supple.