Aleksei Arkhipovsky & The World’s Worst Audience

The following video has been making the viral rounds, not ostensibly because it’s funny, even though, to me, it’s one of the funniest things I’ve seen lately.

Featuring the AMAZING balalaika playing of Aleksei Arkhipovsky, the shots of the audience are so incredibly incongruous with Aleksei’s expressive, joyful, buoyant stage presence, that I really have wondered whether or not this is a mash up, with the audience shots edited in from some other event.

Seriously, except for the guy waving his head slightly at the 1:56 mark, this looks more like a group of people attending a city council meeting than a virtuoso music performance!

Perhaps the guy at the 3:00 mark knows this, as his smile seems to suggest that he’s in on the joke.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen it, by now you probably want me to just shut and get on with it, so I will!

6 thoughts on “Aleksei Arkhipovsky & The World’s Worst Audience

  1. Thanks for that (i’ve given up on UTube cause our Internet is so slow here it takes an ordeal of buffering sessions to view – but not so bad tonight, thank goodness). Perhaps it’s a cultural thing? Perhaps you should have posted it under the ‘Culture’ photo competition that’s on this week? I can see why it’s gone Viral but I wonder if we’ve got the audience wrong, and rather than them being asleep – certainly everyone has their eyes losed – they’re sitting in rapt and reverent concentration as they listen to a maestro of one of their beloved cultural mediums. Perhaps it’s Mr Arkipovisky’s animation which is out of place here? Perhaps the 3 minute man glanced through those closed eyes to see the camera pointing right at him and covered his face in embarrassment? On the other hand, given the performer’s extreme animation, perhaps he’d been playing for hours and hours and everyone wanted the concert to end so they could all go to the pub for a drink and talk about how he went on and on, how every time they applauded he seemed to be reinvigorated and the only way to stop him was to feign sleep? Or perhaps … ? I suppose we’ll never know – intriguing. Great post.

    1. Great post?! How about: great comment!

      I actually did think about the possibility that it’s a cultural thing, that perhaps this is a typical Russian audience, but then I had no more basis for that conclusion than I did for my theory that the audience was actually attending a city council meeting.

      As for your other theories, I love how you were able to come up with so many!

      Like you said, we probably won’t ever know.

      Thanks for stopping by and for your wonderful comment!

      1. Ahh – two in the morning, nothing pressing to do, and sometimes it’s good to get into the spirit of the thing and have a decent conversation. Anyway, it was fun to consider what it might all have been about. I think I’m still on a bit of a high after exploring the Canadian Art Junkie’s blog earlier, apart from the Burning Octopus and the Z-Bee, he had portfolios of work by other contemporary artists from around the world – I just had the best night out:). So talking to you was a bit like not wanting the night to end, if you know what I mean?

        1. Well, this is turning out to be a great day for me! Your blog is beautiful and inspirational, and now you’ve turned me on to Canadian Art Junkie, which looks like a fabulous blog as well!

          Thank you, thank you, thank you!

          1. Oh well … But perhaps I’d better let you get on with it. The cat just woke and told me it’s time to go hunting, so I guess that means it’s time I got a couple of hours sleep before The Girls want to get up and play … Great to meet you.

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