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Olga Chernysheva

Steamboat Dionysius

Galerie Iragui, Moscow

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Artist
Olga Chernysheva
Title
Steamboat Dionysius
Year
2004
Duration
27 min 26 s
Format & Technical

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Edition of 1/5 + 2 AP

A couple, Igor and Tatiana, take a ride on the Vologda River on the crowded “Dionysus” boat. In the summer, the boat goes up the river to the monastery and back every night. The boat sets sail, and the entertainment program begins, an entertainer sings and a there is a sky dance ballet. First, they sing a Romani song. Then, the song Oh, Delightful Russian Nights, adored by Tatiana, is put on. The entertainer continues to sing, and some people start dancing. Then there is a song about the city, Vologda. Igor and Tatiana are smoking and looking at the riverbank where people stand or sit there, some are fishing while others are drinking. They wave to the people on the boat and the passengers wave back at them. Igor and Tatiana dance near their table and a woman drops her purse into the water, so the boat stops and goes back to that spot. The purse is picked up with a hook. The boat continues its journey. Igor and Tatiana sit down at their table, drink, eat and then start to dance to a slow song. After they finish the bottle, they start to wave to someone on the riverbank again, and people wave back at them. Then Igor gets up and Tatiana asks him: “Where are you going?” He smiles and tells her: “Wait here. I will be back in a minute”. The sky dance ballet appears again, a guy and a girl, both in black. The entertainer says: “Look, we are passing by the Spaso-Prilutsky monastery.” Igor comes back. The music stops, and the entertainer says that the next song will be for Tanyushka (the wife), and that Igor wants to wish her a happy Social Workers’ day. The music starts and they begin dancing again. Then the boat stops and everyone starts getting off. Igor says it was a good day and Tatiana agrees.