How to dance at a sweet sixteen

How to dance at a sweet 16

Special Day for Your Birthday Girl

A sweet 16 is a milestone birthday for girls. It marks the transition from childhood to young adulthood.

It’s usually celebrated with a party, where the girl chooses her favorite colors, theme, cake and dress. The party is often themed after their favorite music genre or artist.

It is not an easy task to plan and throw a sweet 16 party for your daughter. There are many things to consider, from the location, theme, guest list and entertainment. But one of the most important aspects of a sweet 16 is the dance.

Sweet 16 Songs and Music

Dance floors are a great place for both kids and adults to have fun. They can enjoy themselves with their friends or family members.

This is the perfect time to give your daughter a song that will remind her of this special day for the rest of her life.

There are many types of dances that you can choose from, but one of the most popular is the song “Sweet Sixteen” by Taylor Swift is a popular song for girls who are turning 16. The lyrics talk about the excitement of turning 16 and going to their first party.

The following is a list of the 10 most popular sweet 16 songs that you can play at your party or use or customize as a playlist.

“Sweet Sixteen” by Taylor Swift

“Happy Birthday” by Stevie Wonder

“Dancing Queen” by ABBA

“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody ” by Whitney Houston

“Sweet 16” by Beyonce

“Sixteen Candles” by The Beach Boys

“Sweet 16 (Remix)” by Big Pun and Fat Joe from New York

You can check out these songs on the YouTube website.

Father Daughter Dance

The father and daughter dance is in line with traditional sweet 16 celebrations. The father dances with their child to their favorite music. It is a special moment for both of them as they share that one song together.

There are many ways that fathers can approach this dance with their daughters. They can either choose to be really silly and have fun with it, or they can try to make it more formal and respectful. Any of the parents can do this dance if the dad is absent for any number of reasons.

How To Dance at a Sweet 16 as a Guest

If you are planning to be a guest at a sweet 16, it is important that you show up dressed for the occasion. You will have to dress up in formal attire and dance with the other guests. There are some basic steps that you can follow if you want to dance properly at a sweet 16.

1) Take your partner by the hand and step onto the floor in front of them.

2) Put your right arm around their waist and put your left hand on their right shoulder blade.

3) Hold your partner’s right hand with your left hand as they put their left arm around your waist.

4) Begin slow, small steps by stepping forward on the toes of one foot, then taking a small step back on the toes of the other foot.

5) Just go with the music rhythm. Move your head and shoulders slow and steady with slow songs, and also move your head shoulders quicker if the songs are quicker. No need to move your feet quicker on quicker songs. It’s all in the upper body above the waist movement.

Sweet 16 DJ for the Dance Floor

Music can make or break the mood at any event. The right DJ is essential in making a memorable and fun event happen.

The DJ for sweet 16 is the person that is in charge of the music, sound and lights at a sweet 16. He will create the right atmosphere for the event. This person has to make sure that everything is perfect to make the party a success. Some Dj’s will go beyond your expectations.

The DJ for sweet 16 has some responsibilities, such as:

– Announcements like the birthday girl grand entrance.

– Making sure that all the guests are having a good time.

– Playing all kinds of great music style.

– Some Dj’s play music videos as part of their set-up and services for people to watch.

– Keeping up with requests from guests on what they want to hear, from hip hop, bachata to country music. Current songs from this culture and society.








130 Songs For Your Sweet 16 Music Playlist

Looking for the best songs to put on your sweet 16 music playlist? After all, extravagant sweet 16 parties are all the rage these days. Shows like MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 have made it cool to host huge parties that become the talk of the high school social scene. One of the key ingredients to throwing a sweet 16 blow-out, is picking the right entertainment and music.  

Selecting a great party DJ and creating a sweet 16 music playlist that will keep guests dancing is crucial for party success with the teenage contingent. We have put together our top picks for sweet sixteen songs that should be on any DJ's playlist for a birthday bash.

  • Party In The U. S.A. – Miley Cyrus
  • Sweet Sixteen – Hilary Duff
  • Firework – Katy Perry
  • TiK ToK – Kesha
  • Just Dance – Lady Gaga
  • Good Feeling – Flo Rida
  • Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
  • I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  • Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding
  • Titanium – David Guetta (feat. Sia)
  • Wannabe – Spice Girls
  • Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Ray Dalton)
  • My House – Flo Rida
  • DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love – Usher (feat. Pitbull)
  • Toxic – Britney Spears
  • Umbrella – Rihanna, JAY-Z
  • On The Floor-Radio Edit – Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull
  • Beautiful Girls – Sean Kingston
  • Hey, Soul Sister – Train
  • Fire Burning – Sean Kingston
  • What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
  • Good Time – Owl City, Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Oops!. ..I Did It Again – Britney Spear
  • Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae
  • What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber
  • We Can't Stop – Miley Cyrus
  • Classic – MKTO
  • Everytime We Touch – Cascade
  • I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  • Wobble-Radio Version – V.I.C
  • Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem) – Zay Hilfigerrr
  • Dancing Queen – ABBA
  • Tongue Tied – Grouplove
  • Hotel Room Service – Pitbull
  • What A Man Gotta Do – Jona Brothers
  • Sucker – Jona Brothers
  • Burnin’ Up – Jona Brothers
  • Year 3000 – Jona Brothers
  • Bang Bang – Jessie J
  • Sit Still, Look Pretty – Daya
  • She Looks So Perfect – 5 Seconds of Summer
  • Rain On Me – Lady Gaga (with Ariana Grande)
  • Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
  • Circles – Post Malone
  • A Year Without Rain – Selena Gomez & The Scene
  • We Found Love – Rihanna
  • Hot N Cold – Katy Perry
  • Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Beyoncé
  • The Way – Ariana Grande
  • Last Friday Night (T. G.I.F.) – Katy Perry
  • Worth It (feat. Kid Ink) – Fifth Harmony
  • Dynamite – Taio Cruz
  • 34+35 – Ariana Grande
  • Right Round – Flo Rida
  • Problem – Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea
  • Shut Up and Dance – WALK THE MOON
  • Ridin’ Solo – Jason Derulo
  • Positions – Ariana Grande
  • My Head & My Heart – Ava Max
  • Stupid Love – Lady Gaga
  • Dynamite – BTS
  • Head & Heart (feat. MNEK) – Joel Corry, MNEK
  • Diamonds – Sam Smith
  • Kings & Queens – Ava Max
  • Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
  • New Love (feat. Ellie Goulding) – Silk City
  • Take You Dancing – Jason Derulo
  • Faded – Coopex, BRAN, Lunis
  • Breaking Me – Topic, A7S
  • Where Have You Been – Rihanna
  • Shower – Becky G
  • Levitating (feat. DaBaby) – Dua Lipa
  • Break My Heart – Dua Lipa
  • Sweet Melody – Little Mix
  • Roses – Imanbek Remix - SAONt JHN, Imanbek
  • Ily (i love you baby) – Surf Mesa, Emilee
  • Lasting Lover – Sigala, James Arthur
  • Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers
  • Happier – Marshmello, Bastille
  • BED – Joey Corry, RAYE, David Guetta
  • The Middle – Zedd, Marren Morris, Grey
  • 22 (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift
  • First Class – Jack Harlow
  • Woman – Doja Cat
  • Late Night Talking – Harry Styles
  • Big Energy – Latto
  • Shivers – Ed Sheeran
  • Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
  • About Damn Time – Lizzo
  • Low (feat. T-Pain) – Flo Rida
  • Timber (feat. Ke$ha) – Pitbull
  • Single Ladies – (Beyonce)
  • Electric Love – BØRNS
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
  • Dance Monkey – Tones And I
  • Bam Bam (feat. Ed Sheeran) – Camila Cabello
  • Cold Heart – Elton John, Dua Lipa
  • Betty (Get Money) – Yung Gravy
  • Crazy What Love Can Do – David Guetta, Becky Hill
  • Friday (feat. Mufasa & Hypeman) – Riton, Nightcrawlers
  • Love Again – Dua Lipa
  • Remember – Becky Hill, David Guetta
  • Good as Hell – Lizzo
  • Time of Our Lives – Pitbull, Ne-Yo
  • Don’t Stop the Music – Rihanna
  • Club Can’t Handle Me (feat. David Guetta) – Flo Rida
  • New Rules (Freedo Remix) – Dua Lipa
  • BUTTERFLY EFFECT – Travis Scott
  • Hold Me Close (feat. Ella Henderson) – Sam Feldt
  • Physical – Dua Lipa
  • Intentions – Justin Bieber, Quavo
  • Replay – Iyaz
  • See You Again – Miley Cyrus
  • Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer
  • This Feeling – The Chainsmokers
  • So Close – NOTD, Felix Jaehn
  • Levels – Avicii
  • Take You There – Sean Kingston
  • Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce
  • Level Up – Ciara
  • I Don’t Know Why – NOTD, Astrid S
  • Super Bass – Nicki Minaj
  • Love Story (Taylor’s Version) – Elvira Remix - Taylor Swift
  • Yeah! – Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris
  • You Make Me Feel… – Cobra Starship, Sabi
  • Body – Loud Luxury, Brando
  • Higher – Taio Cruz
  • Buy U a Drank – T-Pain, Yung Joc
  • Lose Control – MEDUZA, Becky Hill
  • Light It Up – Major Lazer, Nyla

Listen to our sweet 16 dance party music playlist on Spotify here.

Now you've got a killer sweet 16 music playlist you can find and book a DJ for your special night.

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Sweet Sixteen Ideas for the Perfect 16th Birthday Party

One of the most significant days for a teenager: the day they turn sixteen! Although they say that sixteen years are sweet, childhood is already behind us, and adulthood is just around the corner - this is an important period of growth and development of a person. Therefore, celebrate to the fullest, enjoy this day to the fullest, sixteen years will not be repeated again, remember this, make the party bright, vibrant, memorable.

How to plan your sixteenth birthday

  1. You may want to make your birthday themed, so look to a variety of sources of inspiration to come up with an exciting theme for the holiday.
    Pick up fun games: there are endless options for games, the Internet to help, you can also include some classics - karaoke chants and a dance party.
    Choose stylish party decor: If you stick to a themed party decor theme, they are sure to look amazing. Classic decor options include birthday balloons, streamers, banners and matching table decor.
    Decide on the party menu: From a buffet to a pizza party and a full dessert, there are always plenty of fun ideas for an original table.
    Don't forget to enjoy: so the party is over, leave your worries and anxieties, it's time to have fun!

    Sweet 16 Themes
    When it comes to sweet sixteen theme ideas, it's important to choose a theme that's perfect for your child. Think about some of your teen's favorite things. For example, their favorite hobbies, favorite color, or maybe even their favorite destination. The options are endless, but these are some standout sweet 16 party themes.

    1. Night In Paris
    For that special occasion, what could be more special than a Night in Paris themed party? Say "Hello" or more appropriately "Bonjour" to this perfectly cute sixteen year old. Tres chic! Paris is a very romantic place, so bring that feeling back to your birthday celebration with some Parisian décor. Think the Eiffel Tower, hanging lanterns, a cafe scene, and of course, a birthday banner. You'll also want to choose a color theme for the party that the décor ties together. Excite your guests with a "night in Paris" themed birthday invitation that features Paris and a happy sweet sixteen. This adorable sweet sixteen theme will make all your guests look forward to your birthday.

    2nd beach/pool 16th birthday
    Nothing says sweet sixteen party like pulling out your favorite swimsuit and catching some rays with your girlfriends. Let your friends know that the sweet sixteen they can't miss is about to start with cute pool party invitations. Invitations will set the mood for the party and thrill all your guests. Detailed with sand and a beach ball, these invitations are the perfect prelude to an unforgettable Day. With this warm theme, there are endless party decor options from beach towels to balloons – this party is sure to bring sand, sun and fun! Lay out your beach towels on the sand or by the pool and blow up a couple of summer floats that are also an easy birthday decoration. The sweet sixteen pool party is a great way to turn on the beach even if you can't go.

3. Tiffany Blue Themed

At Tiffany & Co. the luxury jewelry retailer makes a great party theme. Topped with a white ribbon, the ever recognizable blue Tiffany box is an international symbol of style and sophistication. Think Tiffany blue box birthday cake, light blue balloons, streamers, and the birthday girl's own logo. Whether you take a cake or make your own, the square blue Tiffany box is easy to make. Frost with light blue and lay on top of a large white bow on Tiffany's party cake. Easy party decorations include serpentines and balloons, you can definitely find them in the perfect Tiffany blue and it's as easy as placing them around the party venue. It's all about the little details when it comes to party planning.

4. Black and White Ball

What do you dislike about black and white decor? The smooth black and white birthday cake says "sweet sixteen". Better yet, create a dessert table or station to set up somewhere at the party. In addition to a beautiful birthday cake, you can also fill transparent jars with black and white colored candies. Other delicious themed treats are chocolate fountains. Add two fountains, one with dark chocolate and one with white chocolate, to really spice up the black and white. Also think black and white balloons and streamers. If you will be serving dinner at a party, then you can also add black and white tablecloths to the tables. If black and white isn't enough for the birthday girl, you can also add design to the holiday decor. I think stripes or polka dots.

5. Outdoor Movie Party

An outdoor movie party could be the ultimate sweet sixteen theme for a movie-obsessed teenager. Hang up all their favorite movie posters and garlands, rent an old-fashioned popcorn machine and soda dispenser, and rent all their favorite movies. This relaxing party theme is sure to please the birthday boy and his friends. You can also include rounds of movie trivia or movie bingo.

6. Halloween Themed Party

If your teenager loves to dress up, this might be a great idea for a Halloween party. Encourage guests to come dressed in their favorite costumes and decorate the venue in the spookiest decor you can find. There are games like wrapping a mummy or jumping for apples. Arrange dances under a thriller or mess of monsters. Finally, play your teen's favorite horror movie when the night is over.

7. Highlighter / Blacklight Party

Highlighter parties are fun themes that allow your teenager to express themselves with all the vibrant colors they can find. Buy lots of glow sticks and glow in dark paint well ahead of time and encourage guests to wear black or white clothes that they're not afraid to get dirty. Set up a room where you can block out most of the light and set up a DJ booth. This will be one dance party that no one will forget!

8. Athletes and cheerleaders sweet sixteen party

This classic party theme is a fun idea for any sweet sixteen. Ask the party guests to come dressed as either an athlete or a cheerleader. Include plenty of old school party decorations with high school nods like letterman jackets, pom poms and sports gear. Make fun punch bowls and decorate the cake to look like a sixteen candle cake.

9. Sleep Sweet Sixteen Years >

You're never too old to enjoy an old-fashioned pajama party. Invite your teen's best friends and have an evening full of fun and relaxation. Create a movie lineup of all your favorites, buy all your favorite sweets and guilty pleasure foods, and turn your living room into a pillow and blanket that everyone would like to spend the night in. Other activities may include DIY facials, nail painting, board games, and more.

10. Sweet Sweet Sixteen

If your teenager has a sweet tooth, consider making your 16th birthday the sweetest of your life. Consider including things like cookie bars, candy bag filling stations, and candy land games. This kind of party is easy to decorate, with lots of bright colors, perfect for the sweet tooth theme.

11. Non-Alcoholic Cocktail 16th Birthday

Making fake tails is a fun and creative way to start a sweet sixteenth birthday party. Help your teenager create a signature soft drink ahead of time to serve at the party and then teach the teenagers how to make some delicious mocktails. You can also include a short cooking or baking class if your birthday boy loves anything to do with cooking. And be sure to check out our mocktail recipe resource for help choosing a menu.

12. Sweet Sixteen BBQ

BBQ is a fun and easy theme for a birthday party full of friends and good food. A BBQ party is the perfect sweet sixteen for the easy-going teen, especially if their birthday falls during the warm summer months.

Sweet Sixteen Party Games

When it comes to planning any party, don't forget to put aside fun games to keep your guests entertained. Here are a few games to draw inspiration from:

  • Carrion hunting: Depending on the location chosen for your sweet sixteen year old party, carrion hunting can be a lot of fun. If the party is downtown, arm everyone with a list and a camera and have them write down everything they check against the list. The team with the most points marked and a picture to prove the fun will win the prize.
  • Limbo: Have party members line up and play music as they each try to slip under the stick. After the group has gone through the first time, you lower the limbo stick each time and see who can do it under it.
  • Karaoke: Everyone loves to sing along well. Designate a party space as a stage and set up a karaoke machine there. There are contests and prizes to take this party game to the next level and bring out some friendly competition. Perfect for just about any theme, this fun party game is sure to get all your guests screaming for an encore.
  • Dance Off: This is a fun way to make all the guests, including the birthday girl, laugh at themselves and have fun. Besides, what's a birthday party without dancing? Make the game interesting, appoint three judges to dance away.

Sixteen Decoration Ideas

Make this sweet sixteen celebration unforgettable with fun and creative decorations that go with your sweet sixteen theme. Always remember to cover the basics like balloons, banners, signs and streamers. You can then add personalized touches such as pictures of the birthday boy, as well as any other themed decorations that will make the party area feel more complete.

  • Balloons: what would a birthday be like without balloons? From single-string balloons to paint-splattered balloons and air arches, your sweet sixteen will look just like some of these birthday party supplies. An easy way to create balloon arches is to simply use a balloon decoration strip and a roll of ribbon. This is a great way to turn your party into a fun zone.
  • Serpentines: Serpentines are another great birthday decoration idea, especially for sweet sixteens. This party decoration is perfect for doorways at the party venue. Hang them on a ribbon for dramatic effect when you go to a party. You can find serpentines in almost any color and any pattern, making it easy to match your chosen party theme.
  • Happy Birthday Banner: Greet your guests with a hanging banner as soon as they enter the party. You can also design your own high quality birthday banner and personalize your own printable canvas to read happy birthday and also act as a souvenir for the birthday girl.
  • Table Decor: Tables are a great way to show off all your themed decor. Choose tablecloths related to your sweet sixteen theme and then add matching table runners or centerpieces. You can do this with your food or dessert tables, for a gift table, or any other place you think you could use on display.

Sixteen Food Ideas

Foods to eat and grab are your best bet as most of the sweet sixteen pa RTIs are active and all around the dance floor. After you've prepared a few savory entrées to fill your guests up, your next focus should be a sweet sixteen year old cake that's likely to be one of the highlights of the party.

  • Sweet sixteenth cake: it's time to blow out the candles and make a wish. It's not just Ole's birthday cake, it's a sweet sixteen-year-old birthday cake that's supposed to be stylish, delicious, and fit with the theme of the party. The size of your birthday cake will largely depend on the guest list. The more people you invite to the party, the more cake you will need.
  • Cupcakes: Cupcakes are an easy and great way to blow out candles without having to deal with the hassle. The cupcakes can also be displayed in various fun designs and layouts. There are endless options for cupcake stands, such as using an antique chandelier to display small cupcakes.
  • Sweet Sixteen Candy Bar: Chocolate bar are great ideas for sweet sixteen table decor. This tasty bar can serve as a party decoration and something that guests will love. Choose colorful candies, display them in clear candy jars, and add another birthday banner that says “Candy Bar.”
  • Finger food: Sixteen year olds are picky and it can be difficult for them to decide what should be on the sweet sixteen party menu. Try your best to choose food that will appeal to the most guests and fits with your party theme.

“I planned to deconstruct all the myths of the century at the same time” – Weekend – Kommersant

April marked the 35th anniversary of the premiere of Liquid Sky, the most famous film directed by Slava Zuckerman and one of the major independent American films 1980s. Slava Zuckerman told Evgeny Kogan how the idea of ​​this film was born, about his relationship with Andy Warhol and how punks once declared their love to him

Slava Tsukerman


I remember watching "Liquid Sky" (which had the subtitle "Payment for depravity" in the Soviet box office) and was completely shocked. We have never seen anything like this in the Soviet cinema. And how did the American audience react to the picture?

The film was a huge success with both critics and audiences. Distributors touted it as the most critically acclaimed film of the year. In terms of audiences, in some American cities it ran non-stop in the same theater for nearly four years. In my opinion, we broke all the records for the duration of the rental, and these records have not yet been broken by anyone.

Where did the idea come from - to combine New York punks with a fantastic story about aliens in one film?

Before Liquid Sky, I was working on another script called Sweet Sixteen. It was the story of a girl who, on the day she turns sixteen, gets into a car accident and dies, but her father, a surgeon and scientist, manages to save her head and attach a mechanical torso to it. Thanks to this fantastic operation, the girl is deprived of the opportunity to grow old and remains forever sixteen years old. It turned out that by the end of the film she was already about fifty, and she looks the same as she was at sixteen. A mechanical body and artificial consciousness - it seemed to me that this image was close to the ideas and style of Andy Warhol, who at that time was an aesthetic idol for me, and therefore I came up with an episode for him. The action took place in a flower shop that sells only artificial plastic flowers. Warhol read the script, liked it, and agreed to do it. We found an investor who said, “I will finance the film, but on one condition: my check must not exceed half a million,” and we began to look for actors. We were very lucky, and for the role of the girl's father, who at the beginning of the story was forty years old, and at the end - seventy-five, we managed to attract the best actor in the world of such a plan at that time - Klaus Kinski! Finding a sixteen-year-old girl with the soul of a fifty-year-old woman was not easy, but we found such an actress! When everything was ready, our investor invited one of the most experienced directors of pictures in New York, asked him to look at the script and evaluate the work. He looked and said that it was impossible to make such a film for half a million. This man was theoretically right, although I would definitely make a film for half a million. But I couldn't explain to people that my painting would turn out many times cheaper. And the project ended.

But you have learned to better evaluate your own financial capabilities.

I realized that in the view of investors I have a limit - half a million dollars. So, we urgently need a script that can be filmed for half a million. While working on Sweet Sixteen, we found casting director Bob Brady, he taught at one of the best institutions in America, the School of Visual Arts, and thanks to him we met a bunch of poets and actors. In general, I decided to write a script in which all the roles would be for my known actors, using their characters and, perhaps, some of the circumstances of their lives. It was in the spirit of European cinema of that time: super-realism, blurring the line between the acting of an actor and his personal life. Only I decided to cross this super-realism with super-theatricality in the spirit of Brecht. I came up with a fantastic plot: an anti-tale about the modern American Cinderella - a punk fashion model, a participant in a show in nightclubs. She cannot find her prince on earth, so her chosen one turns out to be an alien from outer space. The punks deliberately theatricalized their lives, turning it into a bright and shocking show, often with a tragic ending - suicide or death from an overdose. My film was supposed to be a double theater - a performance of those who turned their lives into a performance, and a theater with elements of super-realism. In Liquid Sky, most of the roles were played by Bob Brady's students, and almost all of them played themselves. Bob also played himself - a professor of acting.

At that time - in the early eighties - American cinema was just beginning to emerge from the crisis.

Yes, this crisis was caused by the fact that the middle-aged audience was taken away from the cinema by television, and the youth by rock and roll. American cinema began to emerge from its crisis with Star Wars, a film whose new language was aimed at young people. But that was only the beginning. It seemed to me that the film needs the same revolution that Warhol made in the visual arts. He also tried to revolutionize cinema, but cinema was not his territory. And I set myself the task of doing what Warhol succeeded in painting and failed in cinema. In addition, I wanted to translate the finds of rock and roll into the language of cinema - and I also wanted to master the experience of the new European cinema on American soil. I planned, as they say, to simultaneously deconstruct all the myths of the century. My main directorial idea was to combine all the myths of popular culture in a single plot: sex, drugs, rock and roll, the expectation of aliens, and in the style of the film, all the stylistic trends in the development of cinema. The word “postmodern” was not in use then, and I did not know that my tastes would fall under this definition after a while. Later, Wendy Steiner, in The Scandal Of Pleasure, a book on contemporary art theory, called Liquid Sky "the quintessence of all postmodern aspirations."

How deep were you yourself at that moment immersed in punk culture?

I don't know how to understand the word "immersion". In Russia I made films about physicists and mathematicians, in Israel I made a film about Orthodox priests and monks. Did I immerse myself in their culture? Don't know. In all cases and in all countries, my heroes or their prototypes were my friends. The prototypes of all the Liquid Sky characters were also my friends. My punk friends never suggested that I become a punk, just like my Orthodox monk friends never suggested that I become not only a monk, but also Orthodox.

Did someone advise you?

One of the co-writers (together with me and my wife and co-producer Nina Kerova) and starring in the film, Ann Carlisle was one of the central figures of the movement. She was a student of Bob and the lead model for the then popular modeling agency LaRocka, which promoted the "new wave" style, the most advanced, most educated and style-forming punk squad. With the prototype of the second heroine, Adrian, we were also friends quite close. There was a time when we went to nightclubs together almost every night. Why would I need consultants?

How was the music for the film born? I have read that for all three Liquid Sky composers (including you) this film was the only such experience.

I wanted the music in "Liquid Sky" to be reminiscent of Nino Rota's music for Fellini's films, to make it seem naive, circus. And at the same time it was one hundred percent electronic. I could not find a composer who would understand what I want. But the first computer for creating music, the Firelight Computer Musical Instrument, just appeared. In New York, it was available from PASS - Public Access Synthesizers. Young musicians came there and learned how to use synthesizers for little money, and two young composers, Clive Smith and Brenda Hutchison, taught how to use a new computer. I suggested that Brenda write music for me. It soon became clear that our tastes differed, and then Brenda said: "If you know so well what you want, why don't you write the music yourself?" And so it happened - I hummed or played melodies, and together with Clive and Brenda we fed them into the computer.

Did you do the make-up and costumes yourself?

It was important to realistically show the style that was born in New York nightclubs, and at the same time develop it, raise it to the intended metaphorical nature of the film. So, Marcel Fieve, one of the pioneers of the new style in New York, became the hairdresser and make-up artist of the film. At the same time, we invited Lena Kaleva, an experienced make-up artist from Mosfilm, who, after emigrating, became the only make-up professor in the United States. The result is what you need.

When it comes to costumes, to be honest, we set ourselves the task of creating a style of clothing that would then come into life. And I well remember the feeling I experienced when, a year after the premiere, Marina (Levikova-Neiman, the artist of the film. — Weekend) and I saw dresses in the window of the famous New York Bloomingdale, insanely reminiscent of her creations for Liquid Sky.

What was more important - making a cult movie, turning the world upside down, getting to know the New York underground, just having fun?

We were then friends with film distributor Ben Barengoltz, the man who introduced David Lynch and other original directors of our time to the audience. Ben practically created a cult movie distribution system. He was the first reader of the Liquid Sky script. “You know,” he said, “I get the impression that you are planning to make a cult film.” "You're right," I agreed. “So,” Ben continued, “as the chief expert on this subject, I’ll tell you: it’s impossible. Films become cult regardless of the desires and plans of their authors. As you can see, "Liquid Sky" turned out to be an exception.

How did the punks themselves react to your film?

In London (where the punk movement actually originated) the premiere coincided with a show at the London Festival, they wrote about it, my photos were in the newspapers. One day an English journalist friend invited me to an underground traveling club. Several thousand punks gathered once a week in a new place - on some abandoned railway tracks or in old factory ruins on the outskirts - to dance. Tickets were sold in advance only to their own. Later, this phenomenon spread and became known as a rave, but then in England it was only in its infancy. And here we are on the dark outskirts of London. Before us is a crowd of several thousand punks. Ear pins, manes and other attributes. The police blocked the entrance to the abandoned factory because the organizers did not receive official permission to sell alcohol. The crowd hummed menacingly and we expected to witness a battle between the punks and the police. But the police quickly rounded up and threw into the car the two most active punks, and the rest began to disperse gloomily. That is, the crowd turned to face me and went towards me. And then the unexpected happened: they recognized me, surrounded me and began to thank me for the film. I spent that night with my new fans in some outlying working bar. I couldn't expect better praise for my film.

In the Soviet Union, you wrote skits with Farada and Khazanov, then you shot short films at Tsentrnauchfilm, and you also made Vaudeville about Vaudeville. It is difficult to imagine a world more distant from punks.

I have always tried not to repeat myself, to turn to new themes and styles. To be honest, I'm not interested in repeating the same thing. It even did me a disservice in Hollywood. They tried to force me to focus on reflecting the New York nightlife, and my desire to change the subject was not approved.

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