FAMILY ALBUM

In Russian literature and art, the ‘hurdy-gurdy’ or organ-grinder is not simply a form of street entertainment, it is a symbol of the cycle of life - days and nights, the changing seasons, hope and despair. The photographs used in this kinemat are taken from Eduard and Tatyana’s family albums: five lives from childhood to old age.

SINGER CIRCUS

The old Singer sewing machine is a familiar object from Eduard and Tatyana’s childhood, as it is for many Scottish people. What magic it was to see this machine turns fabric into a dress or shirt! The jolly march by Isaac Dunaevsky is from the old Russian movie ‘The Circus’

SWINGING BIG BEN

Time is moved on, cheerily and cheekily by a menagerie of industrious little creatures.

THE BOAT

The waters are treacherous and the fish are sparse.

THE LEG

Welcome to the Cabaret!

MANHEIMER

Eduard met this street musician in Mannheim, Germany.

THE BIRD’s TOWER

The old knight in the basement is guarding his treasures, keeping thieves off by ringing his loud bell. The gentle bird on the top is in doubt – should she just fly away or linger a

little longer?

Push-n-pull

With its similar pieces of cleaning machinery – a carpet sweeper from Victorian times and Hoover parts from the 1930s, the two characters who ride this kinemat nevertheless seem completely unaware of each other.

ETERNAL TRIANGLE OF LOVE

The jolly Harlequin and sad Pierotte – characters from Italian commedia del Arte – have been competing for the love of Columbine for so long that they have not noticed she has become Death ...

TRAVELLING CIRCUS