tv Documentary RT July 21, 2013 11:29am-12:01pm EDT
the youth and what we've come to realize that the performances which fascinate big audiences in some petersburg moscow and in foreign cities some hollywood 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 i mean 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 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 hits can compare to songs like the farewell of
slough younker so. often find if you go when the trumpet sounds don't talk 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 because if you see ethically implementing reforms 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. you 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 they were fearing for our military and sanders 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 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. the enemy it's a turn off climate to walk mark or to stay on song because that by first every morning i 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 a given line. i get where you can look at your foot.
turn your body off. constantine bilabial 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 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 mrs visible and the caps to that that's.
going to close the door i said. everybody is a score that this must be the front of you know but for a little. there has so. composer looks on their faults and we call golf the national anthem of the russian federation. of. oh oh oh no gentleman don't sing so high the small the 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. all over 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 and the same an oratorical a classical ballet and the same local bus they can even to alter a stool and gin everything you didn't before with this 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 synthetic song.
this song and dance ensemble is the only military units where soldiers actually have to smile only he would when the soldiers voices a louder than their command this is 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 straight away to thaw. 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. 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 carol. yes.
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. you know we're not divided here into soldiers not we're all together i mean we all have our own to uta's to perform don't almost 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 try to take it easy and roll with the punches of course
it doesn't always work out but at least i try. stalled they're stopped what do you do in 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 he'll make a 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 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. mean to see this week to have a minute trip show one scene here. in the albert hall but it's not it's there is a military front and there's 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 are bored with them were as foreign as who've never seen russian soldiers on stage before surrender to their charm one small lineup of acts the dull says are absolutely amazing amazing. places we travel a lot to all sorts of countries we can usually see that people approach our concerts with a measure of suspicion issues 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 of the songs and.
sleep. and that's to stay 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 would be 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 maybe 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 thank god 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 can get your lady audience and then introduce the ensemble. through all the all over the. whole world to lead him to. blame. it's the military that's what it's like that's. normal where you 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 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 in the unit's armory it did however change the course of the battle there were still more surprises in store. things come on. come.
on to me you feel. the on the run i'm happy. 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 listen to. rock n roll. that's not what we're about that's what i think and i won't pretend otherwise that would you say 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 same. for him but for the whole ensemble. i think it's just my own special kind of thing so others 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 ensemble. one. yes that works better guys so it was great. for much younger people here
naturally they want something that's smaller and shoot 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 dance in 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 here 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 months 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 realist particular show for foreigners it's quite different it was our own soldiers for them we play songs for the soul but george 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 on the also says he wants to be a kind of retsina so quite soon we're going to be from an arab song that's 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 not all. ensemble veteran alexander but it 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. or would you. like to see young faces these days you will find out that stars do 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 to lean on me it'll fall night wanted secured there's if you know. take it together. we'll both have to carry it. 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 incl 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 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 when it was established eighty five years ago but now
the crowd appears downcast tired and very skeptical. since we don't have concerts every day so we want to see some sense specials it's not just the usual stuff but it's not what one would you call a lost an hour with two would be better. although this appears to be something almost half. 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
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 successfully so now we're off to new year hassles with us.
some of these traditional chili lines they've been bred and developed and passed down from generation. to the told destruction of the culture of mexico by telling them i mean this is not going to impact asylum in mexico whatever happens here throughout the whole world we're eating at about six in the in the know in the eighty's in all boarding and so forth. genetically engineered crops why do you think this country is full of obese and sick people because we have a crappy food system. i've seen the perception of the cross many times it doesn't matter if there's snow a heat wave or hail storms 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 think that's all i want
to get the moment he had a hand send so my cheese cd 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 fainted who've already vacuity three to wanted to keep going i don't know what tomorrow will bring. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so for life you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize that everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm trying hard luck is a big picture. well
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