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Promenade They met in Moscow: Cultural recycling of the film in the scenery of VDNKh

N. V. Semenova
Saint Petersburg State University (Russia, Saint Petersburg)

DOI: 10.22394/2412-9410-2022-8-1-140-160

Keywords: VDNKh, They met in Moscow (Swineherd and Shepherd), Mobile Art Theatre, cultural recycling, friendship of peoples, multiculturalism, biographical narrative, myth

Abstract: The article analyses the site-specific performance by the Mobile Art Theatre of They met in Moscow (a. k. a. Swineherd and Shepherd, 2019), based on Ivan Pyrievs eponymous musical film (1941). The promenade is put in the context of cultural projects which interpret the vision and space of the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy (VDNKh) such as the Exhibition at the Russian pavilion at the 15th International Architecture biennale in Venice (2016) and others. It shows that the original conception of the Exhibition framed at the end of 1930s influenced the Soviet comedy and then has been recycled in the performance Swineherd and Shepherd. The performance continues to explore the themes of multiculturalism and transnationalism that were part of the overall plan of VDNKh. In addition, the promenade managed to transmit the experience of the architecture. Space perception is achieved through the personal life stories of Viachaslav Oltarzhevskii, Victor Gusev and Valentin Pavlov, the depiction of the most famous landmarks (the fountain Friendship of peoples etc.), the story line of the new Glasha (Yang Ge) and Musaib (Odin Biron). The final song at the end the promenade emphasizes the seductiveness of VDNKh as a representation of the Golden Age of Soviet architecture despite the complexity of its past.

Acknowledgements: The paper is supported by the Russian Science Foundation, project 19-18-00414 (Soviet Culture Today (Forms of Cultural Recycling in Russian Art and Aesthetics of the Everyday Life. 1990s 2010s)).
I would like to thank Shagi/Steps anonymous reviewer and the editor for their comments and suggestions on this paper.

To cite this article: Semenova, N. V. (2022). Promenade They met in Moscow: Cultural recycling of the film in the scenery of VDNKh. Shagi/Steps, 8(1), 140160. (In Russian). https:doi.org/10.22394/2412-9410-2022-8-1-140-160.