Behind The Scenes

“The concentration of sexual fluids is more powerful than oxygen” – behind the scenes at a Chinese nightclub by Ukrainian photographer, Sergey Melnitchenko

Words by Sergey Melnitchenko

Transvestites, girls bathing in tubs of beer, drunk actors and even more drunk visitors. All of this in the club, the club where I’m working.

It’s been over a year since I came to Asia to work as a dancer. In the last few months we’ve performed in one Chinese club, which is more like a huge bar with a stage, because none of the visitors are dancing here.

At one moment I realized how many great things are going on here, and that’s how the series, Behind The Scenes appeared.

This is the reverse, the invisible side of the club, the atmosphere - a part of which I became. Behind the scenes there is more burlesque than on the stage, the concentration of sexual fluids is more powerful than oxygen. There's no falsehood – it’s not a scene, it’s their everyday life, our life, or rather mine.

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