In the making for nearly fifteen years, DAU is one of living memory’s most remarkable endeavours in cultural philanthropy.
Devised and directed by Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrhzanovsky, DAU is an era-defining project: over a dozen feature films, several dramatic series, documentaries, and an innovative digital platform. Its much anticipated release offers global audiences a new experiential paradigm via a series of large-scale events in Paris, London, and Berlin starting in early 2019. Each event will be unique, tailored to the specific cultural, political and social landscapes of the host city.
Originally conceived as a traditional format, feature-length biopic, the project began in 2006 with funding from several institutions: Eurimages, Council of Europe; Arte, France; WDR Arte, Germany; Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Germany; Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Germany; Ukrainian State Film Agency, Ukraine; Svenska Film Institutet, Sweden; Film i Väst, Sweden; Hubert Bals Fund, The Netherlands.
In 2009, the project transformed into an unprecedented collective experiment, with the creation of a vast, functioning research facility in Kharkov, Ukraine, known as The Institute, which was to become the largest ever film set in Europe.
From this point, DAU received its support solely from the Sergei Andoniev, whose belief in the project and generous financial support has allowed it to continue since. Phenomen Trust was established in 2015, when the DAU project took up post production headquarters in London, UK.
DAU is inspired by the life and work of Nobel Prize winning physicist Lev Landau and other eminent Soviet scientists who participated in the atomic project and space program. DAU’s Institute was inspired by top-secret research facilities, constructed by the Soviet government which were operational during the early-mid twentieth century. The purpose of The Institute was to explore the principles of quantum physics, the boundaries of intellectual understanding, the extremes of human interaction; and the nature of non-linear time. This investigation was carried out by world renowned scientists, artists, and religious leaders, who left their everyday lives to go back in time to the Soviet Union, taking up residence at the Institute alongside a full population of ordinary street cleaners, barmaids, families, criminals … There were no actors involved.
Marina Abramović, Prof. Costas Bachas, Romeo Castellucci, Prof. Sergio Cecotti, Teodor Currentzis, Prof. James Fallon, Prof. David Gross, Carsten Höller, Prof. Dmitry Kaledin, Prof. Vladimir Katanaev, Prof. Igor Klebanov, Prof. Andrey Losev, Boris Mikhailov, Prof. Alexander Migdal, Prof. Nikita Nekrasov, Prof. Carlo Rovelli, Peter Sellars, Prof. Samson Shatashvili, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, Guillérmo Arévalo Valera, Anatoly Vassiliev, Prof. Erik Verlinde, Prof. Alexander Vilenkin, Prof. Shing-Tung Yau
392,000 auditions; 40,000 costumes; 12,000 square metre set; 10,000 extras; 400 principal roles which have resulted in 8,000 hours of recorded dialogue; 37,000,000 words transcribed; 500,000 set photographs; over 700 hours of their real reactions to these extraordinary circumstances were captured on 35mm film. 13 feature films and a slate of series have been created.
Ilya Andreevich Khrzhanovsky (b. 1975, Moscow) is a Russian film director, educated at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), 1998.
In 2004, his debut feature film 4 earned him several awards including a Golden Cactus and Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival; Best Director at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema; Grand Jury Prize as Best New Director at the Seattle International Film Festival; Best Film and Best Camera at the Transylvania International Film Festival; Best Director Prize at the Athens International Film Festival; and a nomination for the Fassbinder Prize European Film Award. 4 was included in official programmes of more than 50 international film festivals, including Venice Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, and Tribeca Film Festival, and distributed in the UK, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, USA, Scandinavia and South Asia.
DAU is Khrzhanovsky’s second production.
DAU will be presented in the form of month-long interventions in the centre several international cities. The launches comprise an immersive installation with screenings of the films, social spaces to explore, the possibility of performances, public talks, conferences and more. These environments will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For more information, visit www.DAU.xxx
Teodor Currentzis is the Artistic Director of the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Artistic Director of the ensemble musicAeterna and of the musicAeterna Chamber Choir, both formed in 2004, during his tenure as Music Director of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Orchestra (2004-2010).
Currentzis’ relationship with Phenomen Trust began through his involvement in the DAU Project, and grew into an independent collaboration, which has spawned the presentation of Currentzis and musicAeterna for the Salzbourg Festival 2018 and many other projects in development.
With musicAeterna, Currentzis will return to Europe for performances of ‘La Traviata’ in Cologne Philharmonie and in Luxembourg as well as returning to Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Brussels with programmes including Mahler 4, Philippe Hersant’s ‘Tristia’ and Verdi Requiem. musicAeterna will make their Japanese debut tour including a performance in Suntory Hall. In 2019, Teodor will return to the Mahler Chamber Orchestra performing Brahms Requiem with musicAeterna choir as part of the Diaghilev Festival, Perm and on tour in Europe.
Past highlights of Currentzis’ career include: Resident Artist at the Vienna Konzerthaus beginning 2016/17 including concerts with Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg and musicAeterna; a new production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito with Peter Sellars at the Salzburg Festival with musicAeterna which then transferred to Dutch Opera where Teodor made his debut in 2018, the BBC Proms with MusicAeterna in July 2018, a return visit to the Salzburg Festival 2018 with musicAeterna for Beethoven’s Symphonies in five sell out concerts, a tour with Mahler Chamber Orchestra of Berio’s Coro; Clemenza di tito and Mozart’s Requiem at Salzburg Festival, Verdi’s Macbeth at Zurich Opera with Barrie Kosky (2016); Wagner’s Das Rheingold with musicAeterna orchestra (2015, RUHRtriennale in Bochum); amongst others.
Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna are exclusive Sony artists and have released the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 along with Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 which is soon to be released. Previous recordings include Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14, Mozart’s Requiem and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas all on the Alpha label and the Shostakovich Piano Concertos with Alexander Melnikov and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on the Harmonia Mundi label.
In 2017, ECHO Klassik awarded the DVD/Blu-ray production of Purcell’s Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellers, with Currentzis and musicAeterna, the ‘Symphonic Recording (20th/21st century music)’ award, following on from a previous ECHO Klassik award in 2016 for their recording of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, both released on Sony Classical.
For more information, visit www.teodor-currentzis.com/index.php/about
Over the past year, Phenomen Trust has made significant contributions to The Shed, NYC.
Opening in spring 2019 where the High Line meets Hudson Yards on Manhattan's west side, The Shed will be dedicated to commissioning, producing, and presenting the full spectrum of performing arts, visual arts, and pop culture. From hip hop to classical music, painting and sculpture to literature, film to theater and dance, The Shed will bring together leading artists and thinkers from all disciplines under one roof.
The Shed’s mission: to create a cultural hub that minimizes barriers to entry and takes artistic risks; a place for creative experience that is enriching, but not rarefied; a civic institution that is warm, welcoming, and generous to all.
The building—a remarkable movable structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group—physically transforms to support artists' most ambitious ideas. Committed to nurturing artistic invention and bringing creative experiences to the broadest possible audiences.
The Shed, led by Artistic Director and CEO Alex Poots, which will be a 21st-century space of and for New York City.
For more information, visit www.theshed.org/mission
Stanislavsky Electrotheatre opened in 2015 after a full reconstruction and artistic restructuring under the supervision of the theatre director, theoretician, and educator – Boris Yukhananov. Romeo Castellucci, Heiner Goebels, Konstantin Bogomolov, Philipp Grigoryan, Katy Mitchell, Teodor Currentzis, Theodoros Terzopoulos, Dmitri Kurlyandksiy – are among the artists who have collaborated with the theatre.
For more information, visit www.electrotheatre.com
Black Earth Films
Phenomen Trust have provided a donation in support of Black Earth Films’ post-production work on a feature length documentary about Sicilian outlaw Tommaso Buscetta, the first high-ranking mafia boss to give evidence in court against Cosa Nostra.
Buscetta’s contributions, which put some 400 criminals behind bars in the 1980s, did was unprecedented and goes widely recognized today as the single most important contribution to the judiciary’s early fight against the mafia.
After a year of extensive research and with the help of former DEA special agents who protected Buscetta’s family, the Black Earth Films documentary team offers its audience with unprecedented access and previously unseen family archive footage; the documentary aims to tell Buscetta’s extraordinary life story exclusively through the eyes of those who knew him best, telling a tale that has long been forgotten with uniquely new material.