tv Documentary RT July 15, 2013 8:29am-9:01am EDT
the. things that are going on with we've come to realize that the performances which fascinate big audiences in some petersburg moscow and in foreign cities somehow don't strike as much of a chord with our own soldiers. are just sitting on stage soldiers sleep in the audience this is how military units have always responded to the musical army's concerts time and time again would be. to win over the younger
audience of today or have these weapons lost their power has the time for the soldiers to admit defeat but we play like material most of them but songs about love for the motherland and sacrifice though they don't seem to appeal to the modern audience. young people especially soldiers. they seem to need a different rhythm now. singer alexander will soon turn eighty he has served in the musical army for most of his life he's convinced that because fashion changes all the time you can never keep up with it but he sure that the old tunes will still stay young hearts. present i don't think that any of these modern knights can compare to songs like the farewell of slough younker so. you go when the trumpet sounds as though you were to
a funeral thirty six year old conductor. appreciates at respects the musical army's past achievements but he believes that it now needs to tune in with the times is if you see ethically implemented with forms that were introduced several years ago. that's rocking eventually of course that's a very short time for a unit like us. to keep. but still we have managed to make some changes need to know what are. the attorneys stablished next three song and dance ensembles in the late one nine hundred twenty s. they were originally intended to boost military morale and promote patriotism. over time the ensembles became powerful soviet propaganda weapons by the time the u.s.s.r. collapsed there were thirty for our military and saunders touring throughout the biggest country in the world today only five star operated russia the famous st petersburg song and dance and song is one of them this is we don't miss crack
musical unit has managed to preserve many of its glorious traditions and is now desperately fighting to win back a modern and demanding audience. it's not an easy mission but the commanders are confident and ready for the next offensive they call on the young warriors to join the fight. him it's a two and a half kilometers walk my quota stay on song book by first every morning then return for lunch and back again for a house after that we return to the quarters for dinner so that's about trying to launch as a table together. just like they came in line. to get where you can look at your foot. tell your body off. constantine beloved in
a choreography student didn't join the army voluntarily six months ago he received two letters one was an invitation to join the traditional russian downtown sambal in new york the other contained his call up papers for military service in in russia. compulsory for men to serve a failing military conscription is a criminal offense carrying two years jail sentence and so constantine had no choice it was cold his trip to america because he had to serve his country i was lucky to get into this ensemble because in the real army there's a bright different atmosphere just everybody shouts and you hardly ever hear anyone speaking calmly people are very polite it's a cultural thing. one of those that put away those jackets when you hide them somewhere. and the caps to that that shows and. if you do that will close the door i said. everybody is
a score that this must be the front of here but for a little. there has so. composer looks on there for. the national anthem of the russian federation. of. oh oh oh no gentleman don't sing so high they smiled and as there are beginning all the guys no group had to memorize piles of boston songs some just couldn't do it i was one of them had been told that before so they looked us all in one room until we learned it all by heart it wasn't funny but it was fair . that singing is really hard work it's not just sitting. and yelling. all over i'm going to snip it takes europe or america he'll find nothing like it by huge there are no other military ensembles like this.
weekend missing an oratorical a classical ballet anything more people post you can even to alter a stool and gin everything you didn't before the song and dance ensemble it was good but sheer work not professionally you know nor perhaps nobody else has told you before but she has a lover really is much higher with one with the wing and you need to understand that the was going to hold and now there are six song. this song and dance ensemble is the only military units where soldiers actually have to smile only you would when the soldiers voices are louder than their command
this is also the only you that where the servicemen make use of their very own personal weapons thank you for this is a great violinist a french must a craftsman made it around one hundred fifty years ago at the end of the nineteenth century because it cost us twelve thousand dollars and my father managed to borrow the money from work so the full amount try to way before. we combine it one of the best students at st petersburg state conservatory had gone to serve in a regular military unit he would have had to swap his file and food why full these days would have been spent on true combat and physical training which may not be so bad. some might even say it's good for. a musician to go for even a year without the cursing is a nightmare. to
the people that these young men have been in music for about ten to twelve years before coming here music is by and large their profession their future life if they don't want to lose their qualifications and hope to continue their musical careers in the future that they need to serve miss on sambal. good afternoon comrades girl to whom corey. what maddie's. you look tired because today is your first day off and even then not all of you will get much rest. everybody must go to their location for
a cleaning geordies which must be finished by ten o'clock then you start your own preparations everybody stays at his own location so. yes we're not divided here into soldiers not us still we're all together i mean we all have our own futures to perform don't so must always be perfectly tidy we always have to look good there should be no bad smells or anything like that our uniforms must be clean everyone has to look after themselves. sometimes you feel so tired and worn out after a hustles you just run out of energy but you still have to clean up in the concert hall or something is that i tried to take it easy and roll with the punches of course it doesn't always work out but at least i try.
stalled there stop it what are you doing with your feet and that that one two three that you did that it was a face you know what you look like right now you'll make it mean face. that back. there were many people at my choreography school didn't matter so much here there are a lot of men so on stage they put the tallest guys in the front line and the shortest guys and the last. at first i didn't quite understand why i was in the back row and i thought i must have been dancing really badly and that was why they later told me it was just because of my height but you can always turn a drawback into something positive i do some trick dances they throw me up in the air or something like that so in the end it turned out that my height is an advantage becomes in hunting.
we. see this week to have a minute show one scene here. in the albert hall but it's not just there is a military and there is a military all the stuff. but you don't see so just. the parts and experience to say. this is a special program created for tourists in st petersburg no anthem no war songs no modern tricks only the tried and tested hits that have been popular for decades russian audiences i'm bored with that were as foreign as who've never seen russian
soldiers on stage before surrender to their charm one small one not. the dull it's absolutely amazing amazing. and since we travel a lot toll sorts of countries we can usually see that people approach short concerts with a measure of suspicion but after a while they start to warm up we can feel that the audience opens up people begin to accept us when we get to the end of the first section the very final number in the first half of the concert we can already feel but the audience is on our side it's a. right
he flew all over the last. yesterday recalled the talk or to sit around twelve we watched quickly and went straight to sleep things like this and it's stay we were up at seven even though it's a sunday when we're usually up at eight and that's because of the concert they we had to make it seven i think that's why i'm from fell asleep and the bus. came back late yesterday and on top of that i had to work the night shift on the ship point and today they tell me i'll be huston's a concert yesterday i really didn't expect that because i've never done it before a concert so now i'm working on what i'll say for.
my decree of the russian empress nikolai the second they've let in their military camp was established here with one hundred ten years ago the anniversary is celebrated in the open air at the very center of the garrison the tables are laid with quilts pork and the stage is set the garrison command is had no doubt which bad would be invited to perform on the stage only the military ensemble can offer a to our performance of song and dance free of charge and need a dressing room still rehearsal time was the last time we had a concert at our school it rained in the stage became a skating rink but we kept going the weather is good in the stages with me so i won't be slippery i guess it's like this every so i'm a rapid deployment force getting ready for landing. and then comes when the concert begins first of all you congratulate the audience and then introduce that ensemble . that all the all over the.
whole love to lead him to. blame him. it's the military that's right it's like that's. normal where you'd stay away people mean celebration it's what we do. at first only the children seem to be happy to see the musical army the same performance that only yesterday want to plus from foreign tourists is now greeted with the barely qualm reception hard pressed soldiers can only be churned up by pretty girls dancing on stage many have already celebrated their motherland their friends health and the success of russia's armed forces they couldn't care less about what's happening on stage despite the tough audience the musical army refuses to give up. leave.
you're going to have to improvise on the spot because some mikes were she and others were counseled. command had high expectations for the new dance but it failed to be an effective weapon and the units armory it did however change the course of the battle there was still more surprises in store. the coming days when. come. on only a few feet on. the on the on the mountain. did you like it thank you that was from the soul you're welcome thank you it was so great we loved it.
back in my day they wouldn't even have let me join the ensemble it's been. they'd never even to listen to. rock n roll. that's not what we're about that's what i think and i won't pretend otherwise there would be. if a man deserves all openly acknowledge his talents and say that it's the real thing . but if it's all about this. but yeah you could it's distasteful i feel insulted for the team. for him but for the whole ensemble. i think it's just my own special kind of thing so you have all this can sing romance and stuff like that and i can do rock'n'roll sing it and dance it was the discussions like that will never cease our team is very diverse when it comes to age we have eighteen year old boys and at the same time there are men who are well over seventy and of course they feel much closer to the old soviet period style
they don't quite understand what we're doing now i think that deep down in their hearts they don't like the motor material and from time to time they say what they think still we all realize that there's no other way forward for the old song. the last one. yes that works for the guys so sure so it was great. for much younger people here naturally they want something that's smaller and should with their time. it's true that rock n roll was all the rage back in the fifty's but even now it's a giant leap forward for the military. one soldier constantin delighted to get his service he could hardly wait for it to end so that he could go down see new york but now he's even considering staying here in st petersburg. if there were to offer me an extension of my contract. i'd probably agree with the
prospects here it gets people he might have somewhere to live and you can have quite a good life on the salary. with classical to. program was arranged in one nine hundred twenty eight the chorus the orchestra of the ballet all these elements had a patriotic touch to them on top of that we had to show our great culture but we had to change we began to take up new modern dances and that's led to a new kind of vocal and instrumental in song.
we have a really spectacular show for foreigners it's quite different it was our own soldiers for them we play songs for this so those things like that leave their morale and make them think at the same time we want to make them relax for a beat to forget about their military service for a little while. and i've got the lyrics for a new song the also says he wants to be a kind of retsina so quite soon we're going to do the from an arab song. at the why on earth do we need this rap i don't understand snow you would be told just flying around swinging one way then the other why do we have good music russian press a call for the people who are all. ensemble veteran alexander has not performed
a solo part for several years he stands in the back row of the chorus singing out the low notes with his powerful bass he admits that his time is rapidly fading over just audiences like to see john faces face to face time as a half stars i have to my best to stay in shape for the wood i have a lot of experience and sometimes they listen to me but sometimes they just seriousness of us you know from the last century old man. hold on don't lean on me it'll fall no one is secured whereas if you know. how to get together. right now you will both have to carry a. lego room with your own a one hour we're going to have sound rules or with already been here for five minutes and you send half an hour you have twenty five minutes before the concert and you still keep saying half an hour all the time. captains an ankle can hide his
anxiety this is the moment of truth very soon he will find out if the ensemble's modernization has been a success and if it can stay in tune with the times or should the also that weapon now be discarded as obsolete. the musical army's giving a concert for a regular military unit in fact this is exactly the audience that the song and dance ensemble was made for where was established eighty five years ago but now the crowd appears downcast tired and very skeptical. so we don't have concerts every day so we want to see some sense specials not just the usual stuff but it's all one would be how it would last an hour with what you would be better.
although this piece is up to some of us have. many of the soldiers had intended to go through the concepts but it actually woke them up they smiled a little at the comedy boxing but what really won them over was hearing a simple honest and humorous song about the harsh routine the military life. thank. you. yes.
absolutely be excellent brilliant concept it was really cool. it was all some really beautiful beautiful i like the trumpet most of all. the book . blood of attention fall in columns of three march. i think they enjoyed the concert we really stuck them up at the end they were shouting and whistling while the posting out went down really well and they liked. that then they would try to engage with the concept i think they were all moved by . the test of the completed our mission successful is so now we're often your hassles you know that's.
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