375 is the area code for Belarus. 0908 is the date of the presidential elections, rigged by the authorities: the dissatisfaction with the election results generated a protest movement that continues to this day. 2334 is the number of the article of the administrative code “Violation of procedures for the organisation or the execution of large-scale events”, under which more than 40.000 Belarusian citizens have been sentenced since August 2020. With his performance, Igor Shugaleev invites the public to identify with the conditions of detention and abuse suffered by his fellow citizens: on their knees for hours, hands tied behind their backs, foreheads on the ground. 375 0908 2334 / The body you are calling is currently not available provides a physical perception of the crimes happening in the country by involving the spectators in the simulation of imprisonment: in Belarus, those who dare to speak out against a violent and authoritarian state have to face stress and anxiety daily. “I was looking for a way of expressing the horror of what is happening – the author explains. How could I talk about fear, guilt and contempt for violence? And what could I do, as an actor, to support the protest? This performance is the answer: what counts is being aware of the context we are living in, being active, present, never indifferent”.
Igor Shugaleev is an independent performer and actor who graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts. During his career, he participated in contemporary dance workshops, performances and happenings across Europe. As a performer at Karakuli Dance Theatre and Korniag Theatre, he took part in several international dance festivals. He also worked with TOK Theatre (Minsk) and HUNCH Theatre Belarus (Minsk/London). Since 2019, he has been developing his solo projects: collaborating with artists from different fields, he seeks his own artistic language at the intersection between dance, dramatic and physical theatre.
Casa della PoesiaAccessibility: accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.
Casa della Poesia
via Giovanni Pascoli, 4 - Entrance via Felice Cavallotti
Duration: 60 minutes.
Text available in Belarusian, Czech, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian.
Tickets can’t be booked. Tickets available at the Box Office (Piazza Ganganelli) on the same day of the event from 10.30.
Ideazione e performance Igor Shugaleev / a cura di Sergey Shabohin / video Aleksandra Kononchenko / produzione Marina Dashuk / marinadashuk.art.
Spettacolo offerto da Birra Amarcord.
© Alexandra Kononchenko