Yes, it was a week ago that Pussy Riot took the Stamps community and the Michigan Theater by storm, but a visit like that really makes an impact and a week later it is still on our minds. So many people felt truly and deeply affected by the duo after their very open and candid on-stage discussion.
Stamps senior Matt Rosner (pictured above with Pussy Riot’s Nadya and Masha) gives this thoughtful reflection:
"As we sat in an audience of 1700+ local community members, fragmented messages that poured from the stage came in waves of Russian, then in English. As Nadya and Masha took turns speaking in their native language, I felt as if I was no longer sitting in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but rather some high stakes press conference taking place in a small Moscow basement.
The two seemed unfazed by the intentionally tough questions from Chrisstina. As they began to answer the questions, whether about their personal lives or past performances, Nadya and Masha often veered into candidly talking about their current work and the issues that were on their minds.
It was a great opportunity, if only for a fleeting moment, to listen to the two members of Pussy Riot talk about their work and ideological convictions. Their presence on stage as two internationally know celebrities struck many in the audience, but what fascinated me was how the two humble and driven young creatives were dealing with Russian political issues, international recognition, and being on the road, to come visit us and present their work in America.”