It's been a dream of his since he was 13—and now two decades later, Studio City performer Mikhail Tank releases "Darksoul Theatre" on CD.
Surrounded by friends, mentors, teachers, colleagues and fans, Tank held a launch party Thursday night at Lucy's 51 in Toluca Lake and offered a lottery of prizes to those in attendance.
He explained, "My cousin, in Russia, always asks me, 'When are you going to have a baby?' and well, this is my baby. . . . It has been an inspiration for me when I was 13 years old."
Now, two decades later, he has made it into the for a music single, and will premiere a new show, the Power of Rejection this coming September at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival.
"This is a way to heal through art," he said.
The Russian born artist spent part of the past year traveling through Transylvania and living in a castle, which he also talked about at the launch party, and shows in pictures on his blog (www.MikhailTank.com).
Mikhail Tank also blogs for Studio City Patch (see: )
Darksoul delves into the psyche of the human condition by helping to heal the pain of rejection, as did his previous shows; The Magician's Key at UC Davis; Cure for a Broken Heart, recognized by the City of Los Angeles; Soul Photography, performed in Japan and streamed live across the world, followed with an interview by BBC's Janice Forsyth; as well as the show and film For The Special Ones: The Importance of Creativity, which premiered at the Stella Adler Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard (the documentary can now be seen on www.cultureunplugged.com).
Tank's other important works include My Pretty Pony which he directed under the Dollar Baby Agreement with author Stephen King, and a documentary about the late and legendary Rabbi Meier Schimmel that premiered on JLTV.
The 25-track album, 10 years in the making, Darksoul Theatre, and the Transylvanian audio book are available exclusively through and www.DarksoulTheatre.com.
(See photos of the launch party above, and excerpts of Tank's work on video in the Gallery above.)