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(en) Czech, afed.cz: Pussy Riot in Acropolis -- Reportage from a performance of a well-known art group that took place on January 16 in Prague [machine translation]

Date Sun, 3 Feb 2019 07:31:16 +0200

"We are not a music band, but a political artistic group, they are musicians among us, but it's not our main focus," says Marija Aljochin about the Pussy Riot Theater project and fully depicts the anarchist nature of their work. This is not about a specific artistic formation, but about a statement that can take on any form of the situationalist model. This is to drive people to an active interest in public affairs, and to abandon power to the authoritarian regime and oligarchic interests. The Pussy Riot movement is thus continuing anarcho-feminist activism, like the Ukrainian Femen Association or the Russian actionist Pavlenskij, who nailed his testicles to Red Square to protest against the Nike regime.
Promo promised a concert show with avant-garde theater, so I expected something Residents. Finally, there was a musical performance with a declaration (in Russian) of proven anti-Potential and anti-Church slogans directed against the violation of freedom of speech and gathering in Russia, with which the Pussy Riot has a wealth of experience. Behind the back of a gender-balanced quartet, a text-based agitation (in English) calling for activism and a snippet of videos from their most famous entries, such as the Christ Savior Temple, after which three members of the Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail. Two of them also gave testimony. Aljochin this year's Riot Day book came out, which is also called the entire tour. The most well known face of the Pussy Riot collective, Nadežda Tolokonnikova, which focuses primarily on clip art, then published a book entitled How to Make a Revolution . Both books are a radical leftist rhetoric, but above all a description of the inhuman conditions in a Russian prison and local bullying from guards resembling Soviet gulags during the Stalinist era. Both, after release, held demonstrations to support the improvement of conditions in Russian prisons, which they eventually partially succeeded. That was what the Prague performance was about.

Adopted psycho-punk was a combination of punk energy and electronics, occasionally dance, occasionally industrial, and specks of folklore. The trumpet sounded, but it was very distorted and the drums were sharp as shrapnel. The music was provided by a laptop, a mixer and paddles, where two protagonists from the AWOTT duo performed during the show. At the end, the water was poured into the audience. That a reminder of Orthodox baptism? The Orthodox Church, headed by Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow, was the first to show Pussy Riot uncomfortably behind bars in the 2012 court trial. To that end, Pusy Riot, in her final defense, had the objection to her: "Do Christians no longer know the word of forgiveness?" Last year, the international court gave them the truth that they were imprisoned improperly. At the conclusion of the concert, Aljochin did not forget to mention our Jan Palach and his radical act, directed against the Soviet occupation fifty years ago. The timing of their performance in Den Palach was probably not just a random one. Revolutionaries are never enough. We are the Power.

In our country, the Pussy Riot is known to the wider public primarily because of the legendary commentary by Czech President Zeman, who tried years ago to translate their name, but somehow did not do it, because "pussy" is not in English "cunda", as it claims, but the diminution of this word . In addition, they are not "crap", as he then analyzed their activity in an interview with Lán but an internationally respected political-artistic activist. However, apparently his slim imagination is not enough.

Clip Police State: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaZl12Z5P7g

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