- 9. 10. 2017
With their sense of emotional urgency, the multi-genre music and theater performances of Ukraine’s Dakh Daughters Band make a lasting impact on audiences.
In their search for a new musical style, the Dakh Daughters have found inspiration in 20th-century theatrical avant-garde and cabaret. Some critics have compared their poetic style and expressive theatrical hyperbole with the British cult band The Tiger Lillies.
The Dakh Daughters first gained greater recognition thanks to their performance on Kyiv’s Maidan in December 2013. Since then, their civic and political engagement has made them one of the leading symbols of the fight for democracy in Ukraine.
One characteristic feature of the Dakh Daughters is their combination of punk, rock, and rap with traditional Ukrainian folk music and their use of diverse instruments (keyboards, bass, cello, violin, drums, flutes, and accordions) to present a wide range of musical genres. The band’s songs include cover versions of existing songs and original compositions inspired by authors such as Taras Shevchenko, Joseph Brodsky, Charlese Bukowski, and William Shakespeare. In fact, Shakespeare’s Sonnet 35 forms the basis for one of the Dakh Daughters’ most distinctive songs, “Roses /Donbas.” The song’s title refers to the rose in the emblem of the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region — the site of the current civil war.
Thanks to their civic engagement, the Dakh Daughters’ performances are an urgent call for reconciliation, freedom, and love among people.
director, stage desigh, costumes > Vlad Troitsky
performers > Ruslana Chasipova, Natalka Halanevych, Tetyana Havrylyuk
length > 1 h 30 min
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