At last night’s Melbourne opening of Christopher Wheeldon’s sumptuous Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Australian Ballet leant its voice to the marriage equality movement.
During the curtain call, dancers from the company held balloons in the shape of love hearts, and letters spelling out ‘YES’, as well as posters encouraging people to vote for the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the national marriage postal survey. Orchestra Victoria played the Wedding Waltz as the audience gave the performance a standing ovation.
Artistic Director David McAllister said: “The Australian Ballet has a long and proud history of embracing equality and diversity. We support equal rights for all Australians. And so we say ‘YES’ to marriage equality because we believe that love is love.”
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is at the State Theatre, Melbourne until September 30, with many performances already sold out. It will play Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from December 5.