Profile Work, 14 June 2019

DAU, a project unhinged

Chronicle by Zoé Cosson

Russian film director Ilya Khrzhanovsky has orchestrated an astonishing project around the figure of Lev Landau (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1962) at the intersection of immersive theater, performance and reality TV. DAU – short for Lev Landau – touts itself as an immersive experience inside a closed, totalitarian system. Unprecedented and unusual, the project is Dantean and controversial, much like the demiurge who inspired it.