tv Documentary RT July 15, 2013 1:29am-2:01am 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 some hard 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 khan's. 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 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 hits can compare to songs like the farewell of slough younker so. if you 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 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. 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. over time the ensembles became powerful soviet propaganda weapons by the time the u.s.s.r. collapsed they were floated for military and sanders 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 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 from all quarters of the ensemble 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 a given line. to get where you can look at your foot. turn your body off you know. 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 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 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 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 this is visible 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. composer looks on their 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 paid 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. 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 and the same an oratorical a classical ballet anything walkable pasta you can't even get all her 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 when with that when you just know 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 the only you that 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 because it cost us twelve thousand dollars to my father managed to borrow the money from work so the full amount straight away before. the tree 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 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 so if they don't want to lose their qualifications and hope to continue their musical careers in the future that they need to serve in this ensemble. good afternoon comrades girl. what 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. you know we're not divided here into soldiers not just 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 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. 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 is doing with your feet and that at that one two or three that you do that it was a face you know what you look like right now he'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 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. see this week too however minute true show was seen here. in the albert hall 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 bored with them were as foreign as who've never seen russian soldiers on stage before surrender to their charm one. x. adults absolutely amazing amazing. well since 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 but the audience is on our side. and.
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he won't load was the load. just got yesterday recalled the talk or to sit around twelve quick and went straight to sleep i think that's a 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 although we're still we 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 hosting is a concert yesterday i really didn't expect that because i've never done it differently and so now i'm working on what i'll say for. my decree of the russian empress nikolai the second they've let him in
a military camp was established here with one hundred and ten years ago the anniversary is celebrated in the open air at the very center of the garrison the tables. played with quilts pork and the stage is set to garrison commander has had no doubt which bad would be invited to perform on the stage only the military ensemble can offer add to our performance of song and dance free of charge and need need a dressing rooms no rehearsal time. 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. 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. whole. soul.
it's the military that's like it's like. it's normal where you stay away people need celebration it's what we do. the first 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. press 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. leaving thing. because we have to improvise on the spot because some mikes were changed and others were counseled.
the command had high expectations for the use downs but it failed to be an effective weapon in the unit's armory. it didn't however change the course of the battle there were still more surprises in store. the. did you like it thank you that was from the soul you're welcome jane q it was so great we loved it.
back in my day they wouldn't even have let him join the ensemble then years later they'd never even listen to. rock n roll. that's not what we're about he knows what i think and i won't pretend otherwise that would you say if a man deserves all openly acknowledge his talents and say that it's the real thing through it all but if it's all about this. like yeah you could it's distasteful i feel insulted for the team. for him but for the whole ensemble. 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 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. last one. yes that works better guys such are so it was great. to you out there are much younger people here naturally they want something that small in 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 ensemble. when soldier constantin beloved began 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. this is because if they were to offer me an extension of my contract that was a guess 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 of
a more. simply classical program 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 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 realist particular show for and this is quite different was our own soldiers for
them we play songs for this pejorative 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. as for a little while. 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 the from an arab song. at the why on earth do we need this rap i don't understand it's all just flying around swinging one way or the other why we have good music russian press a call for the people who are not 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 these days you will find out that stars 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 to lean on me get a full night wanted to kill it as if you know. take it together. we'll both have to carry on. let go. aroma one hour we're going to have sound. only been here for five minutes and you send half an hour i have twenty five minutes before the concert and you still keep saying half an hour all the time. captain is an ankle can't 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 old soviet weapon be discarded as obsolete. in musical armies giving a concert for a regular military unit and 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 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 out.
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 it. because of the show was completed on mission successfully so now we're off to new year hassles you know that's.
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