ART & ORDER

Russia, 2018, 50 min.

Directed by Rasim Poloskin and Igor Levin

On December 25, 2014 the famous Alexandrov ensemble, commonly known as the Red Army Choir, was killed in the plane crash when heading to Syria. Thousands of musicians, opera singers, dancers, conservatory and music colleges students from all parts of Russia respond to the call to revive the unique collective. The revival of the ensemble was declared a task of national importance. Thousands of musicians, opera singers, dancers, conservatory, and music colleges students from all parts of Russia respond to the call to revive the unique collective. The film follows the discordant recruits on their ultimate challenge to merge into the monolithic power of the army choir nicknamed as a “singing weapon” since Soviet times.

What it’s like when you put the art in the line of duty? The film follows the stories of young musicians who sacrifice their “civil” careers to become the part the army choir.

On December 25, 2014, the famous Alexandrov ensemble, a group better known by their old name the Red Army Choir, was killed in the plane crash when heading to Russia’s Khmeimim Air Base to serenade Russian personnel in Syria on New Year’s Eve.

For its almost 90-year history, the choir has become one of the symbols of the USSR, and then of Russia. The ensemble was formed from the Red Army soldiers during the Civil War at the beginning of 20th century. According to the legend, Stalin personally insisted that former academic musicians take up balalaikas and start singing folk songs. The first performances in trenches of war-torn Russia was a major success. The ensemble traveled all over the Soviet Union with concerts, and in 1937 won the Grand Prix at an exhibition in Paris. The founder of the ensemble, Alexander Alexandrov, became the author of the music of the Soviet anthem. The Alexandrov ensemble won global fame with its patriotic repertoire during Soviet times, but in recent years has sought to cater to modern audiences. Many of its performances have gone viral on the Internet.

All the best soloist and the whole choir was killed in the fatal Christmas Day Russian military plane crash over the Black Sea. The revival of the ensemble was declared a task of national importance. Thousands of musicians, opera singers, dancers, conservatory, and music colleges students from all parts of Russia respond to the call to revive the unique collective. The film follows the discordant recruits on their ultimate challenge to merge into the monolithic power of the army choir nicknamed as a “singing weapon” since Soviet times.

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