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Mar05

Watch: ‘Pussy Riot’ disrupts Russian orchestra’s performance with protest

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 05 March 2014 16:26 Written by // Cec Busby

The St. Petersburg Philharmonic's performance at Davies Hall in San Francisco was disrupted on Monday when a young queer feminist wearing a brightly coloured balaclava  a la Pussy Riot, rose to her feet waving a rainbow flag to decry conductor Yuri Termikanov's support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The protest mimicked a similar outcry by Queer Nation at the Metropolitan Opera Gala last year when Putin supporter, conducter Valery Gergiev, appeared at Carnegie Hall.

The balaclava'd woman released the following statement after the protest:

For all women and queers across the globe, tonight I had the opportunity to call out Yuri Temirkanov for being openly sexist and for supporting Putin's regime. Our actions were in solidarity with all LGBTQ people and feminists trying to survive in Russia and here in San Francisco.

We will not be quiet when sexist supporters of Putin come to town.

After braving the rain outside the symphony hall with Pussy Riot supporters, I made my way inside to a seat located on stage directly above and behind the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. As conductor Yuri Temirkanov took to the stage to begin the evening's performance, the concert hall fell silent.

I rose from my seat and looked directly into his eyes through my neon yellow balaclava. As I unfurled a rainbow flag, an action which is illegal in Russia, I stole the show by making sure that Yuri and the audience knew the reason for our anger and protest.

Watch the protest
Pussy Riot disrupts Russian orchestra's San Francisco concert from MPetrelis on Vimeo.

Image courtesy of Bill Wilson Gays Without Borders

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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