On February 11, The Embassy of Ukraine in Federal Republic of Germany will present the European premiere of the restored version of Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s classics EARTH with live accompaniment by contemporary Ukrainian world music sensation DakhaBrakha. The performance, which is a part of the 63d Berlin International Film Festival, will start at 21.00 in Babylon Mitte Cinema House.
The soundtrack for EARTH was created by DakhaBrakha during the first half of 2012 on request of the National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre. Creation of a new soundtrack was dedicated to the new restoration based on the original 1930 version, which has been recently completed at the Centre.
The silent classics EARTH by Oleksandr Dovzhenko is usually mentioned as one of the greatest movies of the Soviet era along with Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein and Man with a Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov.
DakhaBrakha is the most famous Ukrainian world music band, which is known for stage explosions of true primal ethno-chaos. Recently Dakha Brakha have become one of the most famous Ukrainian post-folklore bands and spend their summers representing the culture of their nation in the most outstanding festivals across the world.
Dakha Brakha is still somewhat of a cult phenomenon in Ukraine. For the past nine years, this award-winning theatrical quartet of multi-instrumentalist singers has been experimenting with Ukrainian folk melodies and rhythms, motifs of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, mixing genuine, ethnically specific material with minimalism. DhakhaBrakha create wild and unforgettable music that is at once sacred and modern.
The sweeping charisma of the act lies in its roots – Dakha Brakha was founded in 2004 by Vladyslav Troitskiy, the director of an avant-garde theatre Dakh, and the influence is still evident in the shows of the band.