from the editor
A lovely moment transpired on Saturday night at the final performance of Queensland Ballet’s Swan Lake in Brisbane. As QB’s principal artist Yanela Pinera, playing the lead roles of Odette/ Odile, took her curtain call, the spotlight veered offstage and fell into the crowd. There, beaming back at the shocked Cuban dancer, were two familiar figures: her sister and mother. It was the first time Pinera’s mum Maria had left Havana, let alone seen her star ballerina daughter perform outside their home country. There were tears. Lots of them. QB had organised passports and flown Maria and Pinera’s sister, Alenay, halfway around the world to coincide with Mother’s Day. Pinera was beside herself with joy. As mum’s day gifts go, it certainly puts a jar of bath salts in the shade.
There’s a cartoon In the pages of a recent edition of The New Yorker depicting America’s founding fathers penning the US constitution. One of the bewigged gents turns to the others and exclaims: “But what if a tyrant comes to power and no one’s able to stop him because the whole thing’s kind of funny?” It’s a sobering take on the increasingly unpredictable Donald Trump presidency. Many commentators have claimed The Donald’s bizarre rise to power represents a death knell for comedy — another cartoon shows a woman bursting into her husband’s studio saying “Stop — that Trump cartoon you came up with this morning just happened” — but it’s not just satirists who have had to stay on their toes. Next week, the fifth series of House of Cards premieres on streaming service Netflix. Starring Kevin Spacey as a ruthless US president hellbent on the furtherance of, well, himself, one wonders where the writers might take the series. In an ocean of absurdity, is there a shark left to jump?
Speaking of Netflix, the US-based company announced this week it is creating its first Australian TV drama — Tidelands. The news came a day before former ABC TV chief Kim Dalton tore strips off Aunty for defunding local programming. Where does the broadcaster’s responsibility to local content begin and end? Should overseas firms fill the gap? Interesting questions, and ones going nowhere in a hurry.
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