What a powerful experience that evening! And it was certainly the most politically engaged evening of music I ever took part.
The choice of artists was also very eclectic both artistically and politically. As soon as you fight a threat publically, it’s a political act. And artists sometimes risk their life, their liberty, to open our eyes, educate us or save us.
Let’s start with Mary Komasa, a pop singer. She dedicated her performance to peace in Poland, and she acknowledged that the assassination of the former Mayor of Gdansk – Paweł Adamowicz – was caused by the turmoil & hate raging in the political life of Poland.
Then it was the Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble that performed with the music of the British composer Felicita. It was my first time assisting to a dance performance, and even if the message was not obvious for me – I’m still guessing really – the melange of contemporary dance and electronic music & sound was… interesting and captivating.
Then, Siksa… A duo formed by Alex Freiheit and Piotr Buratyński. A vocalist and a bass player.
While Piotr was playing an oversaturated and powerful line of bass – and that was an amazing performance, I bloody loved it – Alex presented an unique spectacle. It didn’t take long before she just jumped into the crowd for a long slam thrown at the face of the public.
Last but not least, the Pussy Riot. A Russian feminist punk band. They risked their lives and liberties to fight Poutine and the laws that restrict individual liberties in Russia.
The band was introduced by Alexander Chaparukhin, whom we saw on day one of SofA during the first debate.
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The performance of Pussy Riot is based on the book of Maria Alyokhina “Riot Days”, and is a multimedia spectacle, with videos & photos of the path from arrestation to freedom of Maria and other members of Pussy Riot.
It was very powerful, both on the screen and on stage. And we can only stand with them for their “juste cause”.