Maxim Shalygin: Angel

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On December 15th, Merel Vercammen (Violin) and Maya Fridman (Cello) will perform the new work Angel by Maxim Shalygin. The outbreak of Covid-19 changes the way we think about a wide range of subjects, including the way we treat nature. This audiovisual work is an artistic view on relationship between man and nature, vulnerability, responsibility, past, present and future…   

Angel, including the audiovisual version, was created with the financial support of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds & Cultuurmakersfonds. The online premiere is on 25th December.

Whereas in the twentieth-century wars were a great threat to mankind, in the twenty-first century that seems to be the way we deal with nature. Just over a hundred years ago, the First World War was a major source of the spread of Spanish flu. Against the expectations of many, this tragedy did not prevent a Second World War. Nowadays, the way we deal with nature and animals seems to be an important factor in the spread of Covid-19. In a globalised world in which animals are kept on a large scale by humans, and in which animals are transported all over the world, the next epidemic could start anywhere.

What if the way we deal with nature becomes a question of “to be or not to be” for mankind? What if we no longer have the chance to make the wrong choices in order to have a future?

Covid-19 has caused much trauma, hardship and unrest to billions of people around the world. At the same time, it also provides an opportunity to reflect on our own lives, think about what is important, and discover new ways in which we can reduce our impact on the planet. There is an opportunity to limit future pandemics and minimize the impact of the climate crisis.

With financial support of the Cultuurfonds, #Cultuurmakersfonds.

Produced by Shapeshift:
Maxim Shalygin – composer
Merel Vercammen – violinist
Maya Fridman – cello
Alice Lupin – designer clothing
Rob van den Broek – stand designer & psychologist
Alina Fedotova – visual art
Christian Van Der Kooy – camera
Lekdijk Recording – audio
Anya Reshetniak – project manager

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