The finals of “Mask” and children’s “Voice” have passed: pompously, but predictably

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The finale of the children’s “Voice” and “Mask” turned out to be pompous and emotional. Of course, you will not envy the producers of these shows. The new seasons of the projects started with a relatively quiet life, and in the finale we had to pretend that now was the time for entertainment.

It is difficult to say how convincing the mantra “the show should continue” sounds now, but still the participants of popular projects were given a chorus, and the winners received their, probably deserved, applause. Of course, it is not easy to entertain at a non-entertaining time, and song battles were sometimes perceived as something very tense. And the junior “Voice” was more fortunate, after all, children are sacred. But sometimes I had to convince myself of the appropriateness of dancing monsters and dragons.

Nevertheless, they sang and danced, and the finale and triumph of Ildar Abdrazakov turned into a full-fledged concert show for as many as seven thousand people. Admittedly, by the third season, the jury became quite difficult to deceive, and the audience, judging by the forums, learned to quickly guess the hidden stars. In this regard, the creators of the project, apparently, will have to come up with new tricks.

The finale of the children’s season of “Voice” turned out to be children’s, because naivety and sincerity fought for victory, not well-thought-out pop star strategies, which sometimes under the guidance of their ambitious parents build seemingly very young creatures. This time the performances of the finalists were somewhat reminiscent of the performance of songs on the birthday of relatives. Both Sagyn Omirbayuly, Sofia Olaresco, and the winning Adelia Zagrebina were children on the show, not trained monkeys. And this is also a kind of victory.


There is some doubt that Fekla Tolstoy wanted to make a show out of a trip to the museum, but in the end it worked out. Her documentary series “Museums without Borders” began so briskly that I immediately wanted to go to an exhibition. Suddenly it’s really so much fun.

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There is, of course, an important detail here: Tolstoy started with “sovriska”, and as you know, you will not miss him. The Perm Museum of Contemporary Art is sometimes called a relaxed zero monument. There were times when sponsorship money was invested in projects without any ideological background, and artists did not often have to answer the idiotic question “what exactly did you mean.”

Judging by the film Fekla, everything remained in the interiors of the museum. The children come for a tour, sit right on the floor, draw strange exhibits in all respects and seem to get a lot of pleasure from it. “Many people do not understand modern art because they have nowhere to meet it,” says director Nail Allahverdiyev. “That’s why the artists and I decided to do installations right in the city.” Then older children appear in the frame, who are already very famously experimenting with urban spaces. To the question “what is modern art”, they confidently answer: “It is a simulator for the mind and heart.”

For such free-thinking sometimes it becomes scary. A ridiculous aunt from some committee will appear and start muttering about patriotism and traditional values. And then the king of prime time will be drawn with another statement about the “center of the vile liberals.”

Contemporary art is now associated with a lot of risks, so the mission of people who continue to do it, becomes downright heroic. It is gratifying that television is involved in the process, and through Ms. Tolstoy’s efforts, the conversation about art is in the right tone. Smiles and the desire to feel like a creator are much more useful than banning anger and appeals.

Published in the newspaper “Moscow Komsomolets” №28776 dated May 4, 2022

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