THE COMPLAINTS CHOIR OF ST. PETERSBURG
Compared to ther cities the St. Petersburger's emphasized deep basic human issues like: "I complain about existential horror". Unfullfilled romantic love was another main concern. "Perhaps this is not suprising: in Russian the words “to complain” (zhalovatsya) and “to feel compassion” (zhalet) come from the same root, with the latter meaning “to love” (lyubit) in Old Church Slavonic." writes The St. Petersburg Times covering the project. While the complaints did not express political issues directly, the daily reality of many St. Petersburgers in this time of dramatic change is well reflected in the song.
The Complaints Choir of St. Petersburg was produced by Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen and Tellervo Kalleinen in collaboration with Institut Pro Arte / Katya Puzankova, FRAME.
The song was composed by "TPO Composer" Peter Pospelov and Alexander Manotskov.
Conducted by Aleksander Manotskov.
Accompanied by Sergey Tchirkov and Vladimir Rozanov.
The Complaints modified into lyrics by Ekaterina Pospelova.
Members of the Complaints Choir of St. Petersburg are Sonya Alexandrova, Feodor Bogdanov, Dmitry Bratkin, Vadim Buldakov, Grigorjeva Dina, Inna Estrina, Varvara Garnyuk, Igor Ivanov, Tellervo Kalleinen, Lilya Khusnutdinova, Anna Kirichenko-Churkina, Yana Klichuk, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Elizaveta Kotenko, Olga Kurashina, Anastasia Kvadritsius, Vladimir Lilo, Elena Losenkova, Maria Matveeva, Maria Milchakova, Olga Milovidova, Vadim Nikolaev, Alexander Ninelin, Ekaterina Panina, Pospelov Peter, Elena Petrashen’, Rimma Poltorak, Ekaterina Pospelova, Svetlana Prasolova, Katya Puzankova, Leonid Raihlin, Juryi Rumjantsev, Irina Soboleva, Alexey Stavitsky, Nina Surpina, Katya Tatarenkova, Valentina Ubushaeva, Elena Usova, Demidova Yulia, Roman Zapatrin.
Sound recording by Ilya Petrov.
Director of camera Maria Lappalainen.
Filming by Aleksander Burov, Dmitry Filippov and Dmitry Tsapenko.
Editing by Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen and Tellervo Kalleinen
Simultaneous translation in the workshop by Maria Lappalainen..
Still photography by Yuriy Rumiantsev, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen and Tellervo Kalleinen.
The Artists want to thank Elena Kolovskaya, Boris Arakcheev, Ludmila Bakaiutova, Natalia Brukmuller, Serge Polotovsky, Sergei Mizonov, Peter Vodolazhskyi, Igor Polivanov.
Project coordination by Katya Puzankova / The PRO ARTE Institute.
Supported by FRAME, AVEK, The PRO ARTE Institute and the Ford Foundation, The Museum of the History of St. Petersburg and The A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications.