The digital performance of the Russian video artist is a memento mori in comic style. It is based on a simple story: a man, a woman. Something happens. Someone enters, someone leaves. Time is passing. Time is passing in a circle. A man and a woman. A boy and a girl. And again something steps in between.
"I wrote this play in one hour. Even faster. For me, tempo is very important in this text. It is a story about the pace of life and how fast it ends. Just a moment ago I was a child and now I'm 35 years old. Dante called this age 'half of life' in the Divine Comedy
. From this point I can see the beginning and the end equally well. That is the main topic of Small Requiem
." (Valery Pecheykin)Ilya Shagalov
works regularly as a video artist at the Gogol-Center in Kirill Serebrennikov's team. He realized among others the video for An Ordinary Story
a co-production with Deutsches Theater Berlin.