From January 24 to February 17, 2019, Paris hosts the world premiere of DAU.
Three major partners, the municipal theaters - Théâtre du Châtelet and Théâtre de la Ville - as well as Centre Pompidou come together to offer audience an experience: the discovery of a complex world where one gets lost and found for a duration of six hours to an unlimited period of time. From dusk to dawn, the three sites are linked in the sky by the Red Triangle, a light sculpture inspired by the Russian avant-garde of the early 20th century.
DAU is cinematic, theatrical, scientific, psychological, architectural, visual and performative. DAU has to be experienced, lived, played, felt, constructed and deconstructed. It is a metamorphosis that is today proposed in Paris, in the intermediary spaces of the city’s twin theatres. Both theatres have been undergoing renovation and are exceptionally opening their doors to the public, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, for the duration of the event. At the Centre Pompidou, the world premiere of an immersive installation will be presented during the museum’s opening hours.
DAU, initially conceived as a biopic on a Soviet physicist, was initiated by the Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky, who brings together a pluridisciplinary international artistic team. Many of the artists involved in the project now act as its ambassadors: artists Marina Abramović, Carsten Höller, Boris Mikhailov and Philippe Parreno; theatre directors Peter Sellars, Romeo Castellucci, Anatoly Vassiliev; designer Rei Kawakubo; musicians Robert Del Naja from Massive Attack and Brian Eno; actors Gérard Depardieu, Willem Dafoe, Lars Eidinger, and actresses Isabelle Adjani, Fanny Ardant, Isabelle Huppert, Iris Berben, Hannah Schygulla, Barbara Sukowa...
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