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Pussy Riot are planning a new performance with Les Enfants Terribles

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Russia’s most famous feminist punk group Pussy Riot have launched their first Kickstarter with a funding goal of £60,000. If the campaign is successful, the money will be put towards a new immersive theatre performance created in partnership with award-winning theatre company Les Enfants Terribles.

The performance, Inside Pussy Riot will recreate Pussy Riot’s infamous performance at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow to protest the Orthodox Church leaders support for Vladimir Putin during his election campaign, the group’s consequent arrest, and their imprisonment. If the funding goal is reached, it will be performed in London in November.

“This wild theatrical experience will allow the audience to become a participant, experiencing exactly what Pussy Riot went through during our imprisonment – from the original Church performance, to the court trial and prison cells,” Nadya explains on the project’s Kickstarter page. “We’re going to recreate Russian courtrooms, a real Russian labour colony, solitary confinement cells, priests who shout about banning abortions and many more absurd, but real-life things that exist in Russia today.”

“The audience will actually get the chance to re-live each one of these experiences themselves, learning what it means to be a political opponent in Russia today. We’ll take you on a journey from the cathedral altar deep into the vaults of the Kremlin itself. Hopefully, this is a journey that you’ll only have to make once in your life.”

For £25, Pussy Riot say they will “send a friendly POSTCARD TO VLADIMIR PUTIN ahead of his 2018 election campaign! You choose a message. You’ll get your proof pic of the card”, while those that pledge in excess of £10,00 can “come to Russia and we’ll invite you on an alternative TOUR OF MOSCOW WITH NADYA”. The backer’s name will be credited in the programme, although there is no mention of flights or accommodation.

At the time of writing, project backers had pledged a total of £7,636.

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