We met them in 2011, when they started performing in unauthorized punk rock guerrilla performances, which were then transformed into music videos distributed on the net. Pussy Riot, a feminist and politically committed Russian musical group, especially in challenging Vladimir Putin, are now known all over the world. Especially after the famous protest exhibition in the Cathedral of the Saint Savior in Moscow in which, with the song Virgin Mary, deliver us from Putin they denounced the subordination and complicity of the Orthodox church in power. On that occasion, in February 2012, they were arrested for blasphemy and sentenced to two years in the penal colony in Siberia. Released at the end of 2013, between them Maria ‘Masha’ Alyokhina (author and actress), Diana ‘Kot’ Burkot (singer, actress, drummer) e Thasos Pletner (saxophonist), they immediately resumed with their shows, videos and musical texts, each time fighting protests, threats and further arrests.
Now the Russian collective will stop in Milan (at 10 pm on Sunday 11 September at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi) for the only Italian date of Riot Daysone innovative combination of live music, theater and video born in December 2016 and based on the book of the same name by Maria Alyokhina, which tells her personal story as a member of Pussy Riot between actions in Red Square and the Cathedral, arrest, court and prison. Is that raises awareness on important issues: gender fluidity, inclusiveness, matriarchy, love, decentralization, anarchy and punk ethics. But also onaggression of Ukraine, to which Pussy Riot want to show all their support. The content of the concert, however, is not so obvious: the show changes frequently, with always new episodes and new pieces of music. Some Italian media have anticipated that «it is a punk poster that traces our history through music, dance, songs, words. And video materials of our political actions, body movements… It is not a classically intended theatrical performance… ».
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