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Posted: October 5, 2016
The Lensic and Meow Wolf Present: A Conversation with Pussy Riot

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Contact: Staci Golar
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The Lensic and Meow Wolf Present
A Conversation with Pussy Riot
featuring Maria (Masha) Alyokhina and Alexandra (Sasha) Bogino
Provocative Performance Artists Return to Santa Fe to Talk Punk Rock and Protest

Event:  A Conversation with Pussy Riot, featuring Maria (Masha) Alyokhina and Alexandra (Sasha) Bogino

When:  Sunday, November 13, 2016, 8:00 pm

Where:  The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 West San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM

Tickets:  Tickets are $25. Tickets may be purchased online at TicketsSantaFe.org, by calling 505-988-1234, or by visiting the Lensic box office at 211 W. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

Santa Fe, NM – The Lensic and Meow Wolf proudly present A Conversation with Pussy Riot on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $25 (TicketsSantaFe.org). Featuring Maria (Masha) Alyokhina and Alexandra (Sasha) Bogino of the headline-making punk rock group Pussy Riot, the conversation will be moderated by Arlene Goldbard, and will address the group’s punk protest in response to human rights injustices in Russia and beyond. Alyokhina and Bogino will also take questions from the audience.

Founded in August 2011, Pussy Riot is a Russian, feminist punk-rock protest group based in Moscow. With a variable line-up of about 11 members (women who range in age from about 20 to 33), they are known for staging guerrilla performances in unusual public locations, and then editing these into music videos so that they get picked up by international media. Their lyrics are intentionally provocative in their homeland, focusing on feminism, LGBT rights, and opposition to the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who they link to the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Maria Alyokhina served 21 months in a Russian prison (August 2012 to December 2013) after she and two Pussy Riot colleagues were arrested for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after a performance-protest in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior in February 2012. The performance objected to the Russian Orthodox Church’s support for Putin during his election campaign.

The trial of Alyokhina and her bandmates attracted considerable criticism around the world, particularly in the West. The case was adopted by human rights groups, including Amnesty International, and by a number of prominent entertainers and artists such as Madonna, Paul McCartney, Sting, and others. Yoko Ono even awarded Pussy Riot the LennonOno Grant for Peace.

Alyokhina was released from prison on December 23, 2013. She now travels the world speaking against the human rights injustices that take place in Russia and elsewhere.

Alexandra (Sasha) Bogino, who works as a reporter for Pussy Riot’s independent media outlet, MediaZona, joins Alyokhina on this tour. From 2014 to 2015 Bogino reported on several demonstrations in Moscow and also wrote about the trial of Nadya Savchenko, a Ukrainian female solider who was convicted for killing two Russian journalists during an air strike in Eastern Ukraine, despite reports Savchenko was abducted from Ukrainian territory one hour before their deaths.

In 2016, Bogino took part in the Raoul Wallenberg Committee roundtable in Budapest as a representative of Media Zona, and is investigating the circumstances of Wallenberg’s imprisonment in the Soviet Union. She continues to write about Russian opposition activists and political prisoners when she is not at speaking engagements with Pussy Riot.

The New York Times on Pussy Riot
“Pussy Riot? You couldn’t ask for more appealing activists. Not only had their prosecution been unjust, but they were young and attractive and intelligent and fearless. After they were released, Amnesty International invited them to New York and set about making sure their voices were heard by as wide an audience as possible. If Putin’s plan was, in fact, to quiet criticism during the Winter Olympics, it backfired spectacularly.”  — New York Times


The Lensic Performing Arts Center: Celebrating 15 Years in 2016
The nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center owns and maintains a landmark historic theater in the heart of Santa Fe, is the hub for year-round performing arts and culture, and serves the community through affordable programming and groundbreaking educational programs that touch the lives of more than 10,000 students each year. The Lensic Performing Arts Center celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2016. For more information about our presentations and programs, see Lensic.org. 

Meow Wolf
Meow Wolf is an arts production company that creates immersive, multimedia experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of storytelling. Our work is a combination of jungle gym, haunted house, children’s museum, and immersive art exhibit. This unique fusion of art and entertainment gives audiences fictional worlds to explore. For more information see, MeowWolf.com

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