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Dakh Daughters

Dakh Daughters (Ukraine)

Jan 15 – 19, 2019 | York Theatre [map]

York Theatre

Best Prices: Jan 15, 16, 17!

– Warning: use of haze and strobe lights –

Six actresses take musical instruments into their hands in order to create a life-affirming performance about love, freedom, and beauty which at the end of the day—will save the world. Dakh Daughters create an atmosphere of a French saloon…where Mireille Mathieu befriends Marilyn Manson.

“Since we are children of the theatre we always try now to make every composition a little performance piece, a little life story. I think that’s the most remarkable thing about Dakh Daughters—this connection between music and theatre”The Georgia Straight

Perhaps the most extraordinary show of the evening” – GlobalFest Review, The New York Times

Each song they perform is a mini-cabaret full of sung-spoken monologues, eerie Ukrainian folk harmonies, percussion, strings, stringed instruments turned into percussion, wailing, weeping, white face paint, moaning and gnashing of teeth. It’s like The Bacchae meets The Tiger Lillies meets Dead Can Dance, except even more awesome than that!”— theweirdestbandintheworld.com

Shaped by conflict and crisis, but also by not having anything to prove…It does not establish an unattainable ideal for the audience to follow, it invites the audience to participate in the drama, in the fun. It sinks its pearly white teeth into politics, then spits it out, and turns it into something unexpectedly beautiful in the process”— Natalia Antonova

They are genuinely original—mixing classical minimalism with passionate Ukrainian folk and a touch of “freak cabaret”, delivered with punk energy”— The Guardian

Part of the Femme Series: highlighting the strength and power of female-identifying voices and experiences.

The Femme Series is generously supported by the Charlotte and Sonya Wall Arts Fund.


Jan 15, 8PM: Opening
Jan 16 – 19, 8PM

Running time: 

80 minutes, no intermission


Director: Vlad Troitskyi
Performers: Nataliia Charpe, Nina Garenetska, Nataliya Halanevych, Tetiana Havrylyuk, Solomiia Melnyk, Ganna Nikitina
Composers: Dakh Daughters Band, Vlad Troitskyi
Costume Designer: Vlad Troitskyi
Sound Designer: Maksym Taran
Lighting and Video Designer: Mariia Volkova
Manager: Iryna Gorban

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