Thursday, August 6, 2009

A most unusual and beautiful art form

I want to share this YouTube video I became aware of recently. This was a part of the competition Ukraine's Got Talent, and the girl did win the First Place. Her name is Kseniya Simonova, and she is Russian living in Ukraine. The composition she is "performing" is called a "Sand Requiem", and it is a short version of World War II on the territory of Ukraine, or Western Russia, or possibly Bielorussia. You will see that she really strikes a chord with her audience which weeps through a portion of the show. The most emotional place is accompanied by a song "Cranes" which goes something like this: "Sometimes I dream that our soldiers who did not return from the bloody fields, did not lie down into our earth, but turned into white cranes. Since those bygone days until now they have been flying over us and sending us their calls. Could that be the reason why we often get quiet and look up into the sky with sadness?" Her medium is very fine black volcanic sand. Kseniya is married, and has a young son.

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating. I presume this art form is peculiar to Kseniya Simonova. If not, one must wonder how it developed, expressionist sand painting.

    Svetlana, do you know if there is any connection between the song "Cranes" and the film Летят журавли, also about the second World War?