Sochi attracts mainly Russian tourists in the summer. On the one hand, they come looking for modern glamour; on the other, they attach great importance to Russian traditions. The ultimate example of this can be found in Sochi’s nightlife. Restaurants try to attract customers with flashing neon signs and semi-luxurious interiors. At the same time, every restaurant upholds a well-known Russian tradition of live musicians who belt out Russian chansons from behind an electric piano. Sochi Singers explores how a deeply rooted Russian tradition goes hand in hand with the city’s new capitalist glamour. The images are combined with quotes from popular Russian chansons.
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“The lady went to the restaurant. After all, you only live once. She ordered a hundred grams of vodka. She wanted to forget. He has a large family, but he said nothing. His heart was poisoned, his friend told her everything.”
“You have plunged a knife into my heart. I can forgive you anything but not betrayal and lies.”
“Thieves alas are not allowed to love. Everyone has their cross to bear, but it is easy to forget things for a while. And when you drink vodka with a lady of the night, fate creeps up on us again.”
“We could not save our love, we have not found its true path. I write this through my pain, things will never be the same.”
“I will miss you very much, every day and every night. I will remember your gentle hands, I will not hide my tears.”