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well. science technology innovation all the latest developments from around russia we've got the future covered. music is our job the army our destiny. yes of ago i always say that we are on the front line. was our weapons are our instruments our voices our choreography. and the jet engine says you are still missing and
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sound. but. instead of going the way we've come to realize stop the performances which fascinate big audiences in some petersburg moscow and in foreign cities you somehow don't strike as much of a chord with our own soldiers. are just saying on stage soldiers
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sleep in the audience this is how military units have always responded to the musical army's concerts time and time again would be able to win over the younger audience of today or have these weapons lost their power has the time finally come for the soldiers to admit defeat with the play material. but the songs about love for the motherland and sacrifice. but 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
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slough younker so it's no fun fight if you go when the trumpet sounds you don't walk as though you were to 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 is if you see ethically implemented with forms that were introduced several years ago. the smoking but of course that's a very short time for a unit like us. thank you. 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. and over time the ensembles became powerful soviet propaganda weapons by the time the u.s.s.r. collapsed they were fearing for her truth and sounders touring throughout the
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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 and modern find a magic 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. the enemy it's a two and a half kilometers walk from all quarters of the ensemble because that 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 trying to launch as a table together. just like they came in line. and get where you can look at your foot.
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tell you about him 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 fading military conscription is a criminal offense carrying a two years' jail sentence and so constantine had no choice but when 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 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 anthem. it is
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a cause that would 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 their for something called golf 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 old by heart it wasn't funny but it was fair. that singing is really hard work it's not just sitting. and yelling.
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all over on selling his new take 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't even do it all for a stool and gin everything you didn't before with this song and dance ensemble it was good but sheer work no professionally you know nor perhaps nobody else has told you before but she has a level it really is much higher when with the when you do you need to understand that the it was always going to hold and now there are synthetic song.
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this song and dance ensemble is the only military units where soldiers actually have to smile the only unit 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 this is a great violin meister 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 for the full amount straight away. 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 filing for why full these days would have been spent on true combat and physical training which may not be so
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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 girls. were ninety's.
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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 we're all together i mean we all have our own duty 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 my 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 consul
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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. i'm still there stop it what are you doing with your feet that that one two or three that you did that it was a face you know what you look like right now we'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 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
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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 do we have a minute show one scene here. in the album but it's not. there is a minute there is a military all the stuff. you don't see so just. part of the experience to say. this is a special program created for tourists in st petersburg no anthem no war songs no
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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 acts the adults absolutely amazing amazing. well since we travel a lot told 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 them but the audience is on our side. and.
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zachary what happened that day i don't know but i won't get killed. piers later is when i got arrested for. for a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about polygraph results. innocent people to confess to police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like meant no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse and they were off taking they could get what they wanted they can say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said.
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he he flew all over the last. yesterday because the talk or to sit around twelve we watched quick and went straight to sleep. like this in this state we were up at seven even though it's a sunday when we usually up at eight and that's because of the concert they we had to make it seven i think that's why from fell asleep in the bus. came back late yesterday and on top of that i had to work the night shift on the checkpoint 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 imprinted choli the second they've let in their military camp was established here with one hundred and ten years ago the anniversary is
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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 commander has had no doubt which bad would be invited to perform on the stage only the military ensemble can offer a two are performance of song and dance free of charge and need the dressing rooms no rehearsal time that's 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 you get those 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 world to lead him to. yet.
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right. it's the military that's what it's like that's. normal where you'd stay away people need 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 a barely lukewarm 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. because we have to improvise on the spot because some mikes were shot and others were counseled. and had high expectations for the
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new dance but it failed to be an effective weapon in the unit's armory it did however change the course of the battle there were still more surprises in store. for the. company. on. the. on the on the on the mountain. did you i kid 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
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never even listen to. rock n roll. that's not what we're about that's what i think and i won't pretend otherwise they would use if a man deserves praise all openly acknowledge his talents and say that it's the real thing. but if it's all about this. 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 all this can sing romance and stuff like that and i can do rock n roll sing it and dance it 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
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there's no other way forward for the ensemble. one. yes that works better guys so it was great. for much younger people here naturally they want something that's smaller and shared 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. 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. if there were to offer me an extension of my contract. i'd probably agree with the prospects here it gets. to have somewhere to live and you can have quite a good life on the salary.
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simply classical 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 and song. to have a really spectacular show for and this is quite different was our own soldiers for them would play songs for the soul but george x. number of those things like that leave their morale and make them think at the same
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time we want to make them relax for a beat to forget about their military service for a little while. and i got the lyrics for a new song for the also says he wants to be a kind of retsina so quite soon we're going to be the from an arab song which at that why on earth do we need bass rappler soon i don't understand snow you it gets old just flying around swinging one way then the other why do we have good music russian press a call for the people who are old. and some of that around alexander has not performed his solo parts 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. would you. like to see young faces
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three stories. high there's a half stars to my best to stay in shape for the wood so 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 to lean on me it'll fall no it won't it's the cured whereas if you know. take it together. we'll both have to carry up. let go through much earlier one hour we're going to have sound. 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 modernization has been a success and if it can stay in tune with the times or should the old soviet weapon
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be discarded as obsolete. 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 when 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 substance specials not just the usual stuff but it's all one would be how it would last an hour with one or two would be better. although this piece is up to someone else out.
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of the so just had intended to go through the concepts but it actually woke them up they smile 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.
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be it's actually a 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. but i think they enjoyed the concerts we really stuck them up at the end they were shouting and whistling the posting out went down really well and they liked. that then they would take to engage with the concept i think they were all moved by. the taste of the show completed our mission successful is so now we're off to do this.
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