tv Documentary RT July 20, 2013 9:29pm-10:01pm EDT
i would rather ask questions for people in positions of power instead of speaking on their behalf and that's why you can find life show larry king now right here on r.t. question more. music is our job the army our destiny. yes of a good i always say that we are on the front lines of. our weapons are our instruments our voices our choreography.
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 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 for the soldiers to admit defeat we play like material most of them but you know 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 hits can compare to songs like the farewell of slough younker so. he go when the trumpet sounds don't work 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 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. 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 there were thirty for 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 mean squat musical unit has managed to preserve many of its glorious traditions and is now desperately fighting to win back the modern man to man big 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 a quarter to the on song book 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 ten kilometers a day all together.
just like they came in line. to get where you can look at your foot. tell you about him off. constantine belove 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 contagious 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 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 you hardly ever hear anyone speaking calmly people are very polite it's a cultural thing. one of those that put away those jackets but when you hide them
somewhere mrs visible and the caps to that that shows and. you're going to close the door i said. everybody has a score there but this must be the front of you know but for a little. there has so. composer alex 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 they're very 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. close and saw his need to 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 plus they can't even get all her stool and everything you didn't before the who with this song and dance ensemble you know was good but she'll work more professionally you know nor perhaps nobody else has told you before but she has a level it really is much higher when with that when you just know you need to understand that the logo was always going to hold and now the russian thank song.
this song 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 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 my father managed to borrow the money from work the full amount try to way before. dimitri qubani 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 prove 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 good currall. maddie's. you look tired because today is your first day off and even then not all of you will get much rest you know where everybody must go to their location for a cleaning to your days 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 a still we're all 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 my uniform seems to 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 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. stole their stuff what are you 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 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 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 there or something like that so in the end it turned out that my height is an advantage becomes in hunting. we could see this week two or however minutes show one scene here. in the album but it's not just there is a military and there is the 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 are bored with them were as foreign as who've never seen russian soldiers on stage before surrender to their charm one small acts the dull it's absolutely amazing amazing. places we travel a lot told sorts of countries we can usually see the 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 about the audience is on our side . and.
i've seen the perception of the cross many times it doesn't matter if they're snow i keep. wave or hail stones for people keep on going i don't expect anything just one i told myself i keep on going as long as my heart told me to that's all i want to at the moment. i have sense so mind she see i'm carrying these sayings on my shoulder. do you want me to put a bandage here no that's fine
a lot of people were so exhausted they could barely walk their feet hurt and some of them straight it's already back to it three to want to keep going i don't know what tomorrow will bring. apple for example much of its manufacturing is done on in the united states so i don't see why the american senators would be so concerned about it paying or not paying taxes because ultimately it's not going to get any share of that and that's happening already and of course we're talking here about how do you share the jock's is provided there are tox is a problem today there's nothing to share because we approve of this regime where these companies don't pay tax.
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 would be a concert yes and 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 add to our performances of song and dance free of charge and maybe the dressing room 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 time you get 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 the ensemble. that all the all over the slow. whole love to lead him to. write it. the military that's why it's like that's. normal where you'd stay away people mean 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 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 top audience the musical army refuses to give up. leave. because we 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 unit's armory it did however change the course of the battle there were still more surprises in store. for the coming days when. come. on only you feed on. the on the on the mountain.
did you like kids 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 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 it if a man deserves 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 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 ensemble. one. yes that works better guys so it was great. for much younger people here naturally they want something that's smaller and chewed 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 could be lobbied to get his
service he could hardly wait for it to end so that he could go down to 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 gets. to have somewhere to live and you can have quite a good life on the salary. 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 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 the soul patrol six 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 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 the why on earth do we need this rappler soon 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. would you. like to see young faces face to face will fire their stars 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 it won't have secured whereas if you know. take
it together. we'll both have to carry a. 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 in menko can't 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 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 it 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 i last an hour with two would be better. hold on this piece is up someone else i. believe 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. thank you. which actually gave me a brilliant concept it was really cool. it was all some really beautiful beautiful i like the trumpet most of all. the books i've been hearing a lot 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
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