Sasha & Olya, Yekaterinburg, Russia
Fifteen women are battling it out for the title "Best Female Striptease from the Urals". They come from Magnitogorsk, Tyumen, Nizhni Tagil and the regional capital Yekaterinburg. The final is composed of three parts: an interview, a lap dance and a freestyle strip act. The interviews with all the dancers are a disaster. The microphone is broken and none of the girls has good voice, anyway: it is impossible to understand a word. But this is perhaps the fault of the audience who can't keep quiet. The lap dance is hilarious. The bottles of vodka being served can't keep up with demand. And then the closing number. The girls have to improvise to completely unknown music. Nastya from Tyumen, who stood out in the qualifying round with her own, slowly sensual style, has difficulties with Rammstein. She's hopeless. Valeria does a little better; although her spectacular closing spin on the pole doesn't end well. Natalie steals the show. She dances to a steamy French number, throws her underwear into the audience, crawls over the jury table and toys shamelessly with the male commission members. She wins the first prize: a holiday to Turkey. The second and third prizes respectively are an LCD TV and a sound system from an unknown Chinese brand.
Sasha & Olya, Yekaterinburg, Russia, Rob Hornstra, 2008, 122, 149, C-print, HMA-2014-15