ven girls, 15 musical instruments and an incredible mix of music and performance spawned by Kyiv's Dakh Contemporary Art Centre they are the Dakh Daughters, actresses turned freak-cabaret band, and are one of the most unusual, provocative and electric acts in Ukraine today.
Welcome to the Dakh Daughters' freak cabaret: a dark, smoky den of sweet dreams and dark nightmares where burlesque meets Grand Guignol, garage-folk meets traditional song, Shevchenko meets Shakespeare, Brodsky meets Bukowski and Mireille Mathieu punches Marilyn Manson. Seven actresses from Kiev's Dakh Contemporary Arts Centre swap roles and musical instruments to create a life-affirming performance about love, freedom and beauty which at the end of the day will save the world, but only when human failings such as greed, hate and lust for power and dominance are exorcised. This they attempt to do with a powerfully provocative repertoire of stories accompanied by scraping cello and contrabass, percussion, piano and panting squeezebox, like a punk Palm Court orchestra on acid, mischievously veering between rage and parody, profundity and absurdity. All singing, all dancing. Come inside.
Vladislav Troitskiy - director
Solomiia Melnyk – cello, accordion, piano, drums
Ruslana Khazipova – drums, percussion, double bass, trembita
Tanya Hawrylyuk – piano, double bass, drums, flute
Natalia Halanevych – double bass, percussion, piano
Natalia Zozul violin – trembita
Anna Nikitina – guitar, percussion
Nina Garenetska – cello
Dakh Daughters made a successful appearance at music and theater festivals Eurosonic in the Netherlands, Heineken Opener in Poland, FFM Sines in Portugal, Züricher Theater Spektakel in Switzerland, Creativfestival Switzerland, Pohoda in Slovakia, Rudolstadt and Fusion in Germany, Belluard Bollwerk in Switzerland, Bergen International in Norway, Wiener Festwochen in Austria, Les Vieilles Charrues in France, Festival OFF d'Avignon in France, Gogolfest in Ukraine, Monfort Theatre in Paris etc.