Snap Scene: Pussy Riot Theatre at Supersense, Melbourne Arts Centre, 19th August 2017

Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot was propelled into the global spotlight in 2012 when an unauthorised performance in a Moscow cathedral saw three of its members convicted for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”. The group insisted that the spectacle was intended as a criticism of the Orthodox Church’s support of Vladimir Putin, whom they consider a dictator, and the subsequent imprisonment and eventual release of the three women played out against an international backdrop of political and artistic furore.

Maria Alyokhina was one of the jailed Pussy Riot members, and after her stage debut in the critically acclaimed Belarus Free Theatre production Burning Doors, last year launched a new project, Pussy Riot Theatre, in collaboration with music producer Alexander Cheparukhin.

Pussy Riot Theatre’s inaugural production is an adaptation of Alyokhina’s own forthcoming book Riot Days, spinning her true story out into a maelstrom of aesthetic defiance in the face of an increasingly authoritarian climate. After a triumphant US tour the work will land in Melbourne with all of the visceral impact and incendiary passion that has driven Pussy Riot’s expansion from unknown art collective to a force heard around the world.

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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