tv Documentary RT July 16, 2013 1:29am-2:01am EDT
much of a chord with our own soldiers. are just saying on stage soldiers sleep in the audience this is how military units have always responded to the musical concerts time and time again. be able to win over the younger audience of today or have these weapons lost their power has the time for the soldiers to admit defeat we play 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 young hearts. present i don't think that any of these modern hits can compare to songs like the farewell of slave younker so. often find if you go when the trumpet sounds you don't walk as though you're at a funeral thirty six year old conductor. appreciates and respects the musical army's past achievements but he believes that it now needs to tune in with the times. the cli 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. thank you. but still we have managed to make some changes. you know what are. the attorneys stablished nurturing a 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 they were fearing for our military and sounders touring throughout the biggest country in the world today the only five star operate in russia the famous st petersburg song and dance and song is one of them this is we don't mean crack musical unit has managed to preserve many of its glorious traditions and is now desperately fighting to win back a modern man to match the guardians. 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 climate to walk mark or to stay on song book by first every morning then return for lunch and back again for a house after that we return to quarters for dinner so that's about ten kilometers a day all together.
just like they came in line. to get where you can look at your foot. to anybody off. constantine billard 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. it's compulsory for men to serve a fading military conscription is a criminal offense carrying a two years' jail sentence and so constantine had no choice but what 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. i would have
a little put away those jackets but when you hide them somewhere. and the caps to that that shows them. 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 something called golf to national anthem of the russian federation. of. oh oh oh no gentleman don't sing so high they smiled and there are beginning all the guys no group had to memorize piles of poznań 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 old by heart it wasn't funny but it was fair.
that singing is really hard work it's not just sitting. and yelling. close and saw his name take europe or america he'll find nothing like it by huge there are no other military ensembles like this. weekend and the same an oratorical a classical ballet anything more people just can't even to alter a stool and gin everything you didn't before with this song and dance ensemble it was good but sure what my professional you know nor perhaps nobody else has told you before but she has a lover really is much higher with one with when you just know you need to understand that and all those roles get old and now there are synthetic song.
this sunday and dance ensemble is the only military units where soldiers actually have to smile the only good where the soldiers voices are louder than their command is it's also the only that where the servicemen make use of their very own personal weapons thank you for fear 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 it cost us twelve thousand dollars my father managed to borrow the money from work so the full amount try to way before. dimitri 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 you. 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 good afternoon korea colonel. b.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 an artist still rules together i mean we all have our own tutors 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 and 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. still there start with what is doing with your feet and that and that one two or three that you did that it was a face you know what you look like right now you'll make it mean face. that. there were many people at my choreography school didn't matter so much here there are a lot of men and so on stage they put the tallest guys in the front line on the shortest guys and i lost. that 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 need to see this week to have a minute show one scene here. in the album but it's not just there is a minute and there is a military orchestra. 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 bored with them were as foreign as who've never seen russian soldiers on stage before surrender to the. wonderful x. adults absolutely amazing amazing. places we travel a lot told sorts of countries we can usually see that people approach our 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 them but the audience is on our side it's a. wealthy
mission to teach music creation why it should care about humans and. this is why you should care only. when the greats stay blind to what is happening in their country. the american dream is disappearing. with. the poor are left hopeless the streets are full of angry crowds fighting against. the american dream. is he.
he he oh. oh oh ah. twelve quick and went straight to sleep. they were up at seven even though it's a sunday. night because of the concert they we had to make it. 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 a concert yesterday i really didn't expect that because i've never done it before a concert so now i work in. my decree of the russian empress the second they've let him in
a military camp was established here 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 two hour performance of song and dance free of charge and meet me the dressing rooms no rehearsal time was 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 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 can. and then introduce the ensemble.
it's all. right it's the military that's what it's like. it's normal where you stay away people need celebrations 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 a barely lukewarm reception hardpressed soldiers can only be churned up by pretty girls dancing on stage many have already celebrated their mother. 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. to leave. because we have to improvise on the spot because some mikes were changed and others
were cancelled. commanders had high expectations for the downs but it failed to be an effective weapon in the unit's armory it did however change the course of the battle it was still more surprises in store. things come one. come. on. the field. of the un. did you like it thank you that was from the seoul you're welcome bank you it was so great we loved it.
back in my day they wouldn't even have let him join the ensemble it's been years later they'd never even listen to. rock n roll news that's not what we're about he knows what i think and i won't pretend otherwise they would use it to give a man deserves praise all openly acknowledge his talents and say that it's the real thing though i do it but if it's all about this. like yeah you could it's distasteful i feel insulted for the same and most not for him but for the whole ensemble sound good to see. but i think it. 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 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 somebody. the last one. yes that works better guys so sure so it was great. there are much younger people here naturally they want something that's smaller and shooting 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. when soldier constantin delighted to get his service he could hardly wait for it to end so that he could go dancing new york but now he's even considering staying here in st petersburg. is the focus if they were to offer me an extension of my contract. i'd probably agree with the prospects here it gets people here have somewhere to live and you can have quite
a good life on the salary of a more. classical programme was arranged in one nine hundred twenty eight the chorus the orchestra or the ballet all these elements had a patriotic touch to them on top of that we had to show our great culture. 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 was our own soldiers
for them we play songs for this georgics numbers 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 be from an arab song which at that 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 we have good music russian press a call for the people who are not all. ensemble veteran alexander but it has not performed his 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 the audience audiences like to see jiang faces face to face and you will find out that stars have to my best to stay in shape to do for the what you 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 it won't have secured whereas if you know. take it 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 only been here for five minutes and you send half an hour to 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 ensembles
modernization has been a success and if it can stay in tune with the times or should the old soviet weapon be discarded as obsolete. in musical armies 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 what one would you call a lost an hour with two would be better. although this piece is up almost half.
thank you be excellent brilliant concept it was really cool. it was all some really beautiful beautiful i like the trumpet most of all. the book. lot 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. it then they would try to engage with the concept i think they were all moved by it. at the start of the shoe is completed on mission successfully so now we're off to new wrestles with this.
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