Center of Contemporary Art DAKH, Kyiv/Ukraine

The Center of Contemporary Art DAKH was founded by director and producer Vlad Troitskyi in 1994. In 1994–1995 DAKH functioned as an “Art Hotel”—an open stage for independent theater and music projects, with additional dedicated exhibition spaces. In 1995 Troitskyi held the School international festival and opened an independent and international experimental theater school-laboratory which served as an alternative to the state system of theater education. From 1996 to 1999, the leaders of Russian avant-garde theater and the followers of Anatholyi Efros and Anatholyi Vasiliev—Boris Yukhananov, Igor Lysov, and Valeryi Bilchenko —all taught at DAKH using their own methods. Vladimir Ogloblin, the legend of Ukrainian theatrical realism and laureate of a USSR governmental prize, as well as a prominent Ukrainian director and pedagogue, wrote plays and taught at DAKH from 1995 to 2005. From 1999 to 2010 DAKH collaborated with the Russian director, playwright, and pedagogue Klim, who continues to work for the theater as a playwright. In 2004 DAKH was formed as the theater of Vlad Troitskyi.

Vlad Troitskyi, born in 1964 in Ulan-Ude, USSR, is a Ukrainian theater actor, director, scenographer, producer and TV presenter. He graduated from the radio technology department at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in 1987 and completed a post-graduate course at the same school in 1990.  In 2002 he also graduated from the Russian Academy of Theater Arts (former GITIS), the department of acting and directing. In 1994, Troitskyi founded the Dakh theater, and in 2000 opened his school of acting. He founded the contemporary art GOGOLFEST in Arsenal in 2007 (now Mystetskyi Arsenal). The festival developed to numerous regional festivals in Ukraine. Troitskyi initiated the creation of the music groups DakhaBrakha (2004) and Dakh Daughters (2012), both based at the Center of Contemporary Art DAKH. He also realized works in Hungary, Ukraine, France and Switzerland.

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