Scene News: Pussy Riot Live Line Up Announced

For one night only RCC Fringe presentsan Australian premiere and exclusive event SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER Pussy Riot, Yothu Yindi, Ecca Vandal & MC Reverend Billy with The Stop Shopping Choir Thursday March 7, RCC Fringe, Adelaide

Tickets on sale (https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/pussy-riot-live-special-guests-af2019) now

For the first time ever in Australia, iconic Russian punk rock performance art collective Pussy Riot will perform one epic concert on the RCC (https://rccfringe.com.au) Main Stage in an exclusive collaboration with Australian artists.

Four key members of the world’s best-known activist group – Masha, Sasha, Nastya and Kot, will reunite on stage for this one off concert at RCC Fringe at the University of Adelaide, alongside Yothu Yindi, Ecca Vandal and MC’d by wild anti-consumerist gospel shouter, Reverend Billy who will be joined on stage by The Stop Shopping Choir to complete the line up.

These politically powered artists showcase a variety of styles, resulting in a musical fusion of social and cultural activism, with music playing its vital and ongoing role in speaking truth to power.

“The RCC Pussy Riot takeover comes to an epic conclusion with this landmark, once-in-a-lifetime show. After a week of their powerhouse performance, Riot Days, Pussy Riot Live brings together the explosive and charismatic Ecca Vandal, and the legendary Yothu Yindi – alongside world-famous activist Reverend Billy as MC for a show that brings many musical styles together to form a political voice,” said RCC Fringe Artistic Director, David Sefton.

“Pussy Riot has toured the world to huge acclaim and packed houses, but now the four essential members will appear in our own story on stage for the first time in Australia. Adelaide has a piece of history…”, said Pussy Riot member Masha.

In 2012 Masha made international news headlines when she was arrested after a performance inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Since then she has toured the world with Pussy Riot: Riot Days (https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/pussy-riot-riot-days-af2019) , a searing piece of gig theatre, a mix of music, documentary footage and political commentary, which has its Adelaide premiere with all four members from February 27 to March 3.

Yothu Yindi is considered one of the most successful Australian bands in history, their song Treaty, not only made the whole world dance, it made them think – Indigenous Australia’s call for a treaty became a global conversation and the most famous Australian political song.

Australian singer, songwriter and rapper Ecca Vandal, was born in apartheid South Africa, moving to Melbourne with her parents at a young age. Her unique voice combines genres such as hip-hop, electronica and punk rock to create her own signature sound.

Reverend Billy will be the MC for the night alongside The Stop Shopping Choir – wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters, earth-loving urban activists and an OBIE Award-winning radical performance community.

This exclusive collaboration of artists is one not to be missed. Pussy Riot, Yothu Yindi, Ecca Vandal and Reverend Billy will perform on the Maths Lawns at the University of Adelaide – RCC Fringe’s new home. Doors from 7pm.

Tickets are on sale now through FringeTIX (https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/pussy-riot-live-special-guests-af2019) or for further details visit rccfringe.com.au.

RCC Fringe is a new precinct in the Adelaide Fringe landscape – a fully curated 31-day music and arts festival program of mind-expanding international arts including theatre, music, circus, comedy and kids’ events showcased in heritage listed buildings and theatres at their new home at the University of Adelaide.

Former Adelaide Festival Artistic Director David Sefton – who shook things up at Adelaide’s establishment festival with a program of iconoclasts, rabble-rousers and forward-thinkers, has brought his programming talents to RCC Fringe. Program highlights include kings of bad taste, The Tiger Lillies, exuberant Canadian circus ravers Cirque Alfonse, wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir, Beach House and Acid Mothers Temple.

RCC Fringe Creative Director Stuart Duckworth is also back with a bang, bringing the likes of Remi, The Presets, Bag Raiders, The Preatures and many more at Dusk Till Dawn, a late-night playground of immersive music, art and light with more than 120 artists and musicians across the five weekends.

UPCOMING PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

The Tiger Lillies (https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/the-tiger-lillies-present-edgar-allan-poe-s-haunted-palace-af2019) (26.02 – 10.03) with the Australian premiere and exclusive to RCC Fringe of their new show Edgar Allan Poe’s Haunted Palace. Inspired by the stormy and tragic life of Edgar Allen Poe and loosely based on Poe’s tales and poems, they promise a visual nightmare and bizarre musical extravaganza. They’re brilliantly twisted, they’re Olivier Award Winners, and they’re Grammy Award nominated.

The Duke (https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/hugh-hughes-presents-shon-dale-jones-in-the-duke-af2019) (26.02 – 03.03) is a solo show from the multi award-winning writer Shôn Dale-Jones – the performer behind the much-loved Hugh Hughes. Funny, poignant and playful, The Duke, an Edinburgh Fringe First Winner, is a charming story about choosing priorities in an overwhelming world full of crisis. For this tour, audiences will be asked to support Save the Children’s Emergency Fund, supporting children who face crisis across the globe. The Duke is the first of his trilogy of shows with Me & Robin Hood and The Ladder to follow later in the season at RCC Fringe.

Pussy Riot: Riot Days (https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/pussy-riot-riot-days-af2019) (27.02 – 03.03) is a searing piece of gig theatre, a mix of music, documentary footage and political commentary. For the first time ever and in an Australian exclusive, four key members of the world’s best known iconic Russian feminist punk rock activist group come together to tell their story.

Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir (https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/reverend-billy-the-stop-shopping-choir-earthalujah-af2019) (01.03 – 10.03) are a group of wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters, earth loving urban activists and an OBIE Award winning performance group. They’ve wowed audiences around the world with their energetic and radical performances preaching against consumerism and militarism. Earthalujah! tackles racism, capitalism, climate change and the environment and will appear in heritage listed Bonython Hall.

Orbital & Severed Heads (https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/orbital-severed-heads-guests-af2019) (03.03) are two of the most influential names in the world of electronic music and are coming together for one night only. Orbital’s impressive live show is rightly acknowledged as one of the greatest live music spectacles you can ever experience. Severed Heads are the Australian cult legends whose influence is universally acknowledged by musos around the planet.

Beach House (https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/beach-house-af2019) (06.03), the Baltimore duo, have been a band for over 13 years and have released 77 songs together, building a loyal and devoted audience worldwide. Beach House last toured Australia in 2016, with a Sydney Opera House show described by The Music as a “testament to the band’s enduring commitment to creating unforgettable sonic experiences”.

Ambient Orchestra (https://adelaidefringe.com.au/search/events?keyword=ambient+orchestra) (15.03 – 17.03) make their Australian debut at RCC Fringe off the back of their first US tour. Evan Ziporyn’s Ambient Orchestra with cello soloist Maya Beiser comes to RCC Fringe 2019 for three performances showcasing its ‘rich and adventurous’ (Javier Blanquez, El Mundo) orchestral renditions of music by David Bowie, Robert Fripp & Brian Eno and Laraaji. The American-based ensemble, founded by composer/arranger Ziporyn in 2016, joins forces with Israeli-born cello virtuoso Maya Beiser (described by the New Yorker as a ‘cello goddess’) and musicians from Adelaide’s own Elder Conservatorium. All performances will be in held in Elder Hall at the University of Adelaide.

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