from the editor
Philippa Hawker’s chat today with Emma Stone (pages 14-15) sheds light on a different era. The 1970s, of course, saw great leaps forward for the women’s movement but it was still very much a man’s world. That made the tennis match in 1973 between Billie Jean King (who Stone plays in new film Battle of the Sexes) and male player Bobby Riggs all the more fascinating. Famously quoth Riggs before the televised match: “No 1, the woman should stay in the bedroom. No 2, they should get to the kitchen. No 3, they should support the man.” Charming. Stone, like King in 1973, is at the top of her game. She won the best actress Oscar last year for her role in La La Land, and is the highest-paid actress in the world, earning a whopping $US35 million last year. (Warning: tragic irony ahead.) That figure wouldn’t even put her among the top 10 highest-earning male actors and is about half the salary earned by the man on top: Mark Wahlberg ($US69m). Seems the battle of the sexes has a way to go yet.
It’s all happening in Brisbane at the moment. Queensland Ballet artistic director Li Cunxin announced this week he will return to the stage for the first time in 18 years, alongside wife Mary Li; QAGOMA is preparing to launch its reimagined Australian art collection; and David Berthold’s penultimate Brisbane Festival is in full swing. On Tuesday, I found myself in the glorious 100-year-old venue, the Tivoli. Usually Brisbane’s rock venue of choice, the Tiv had been magically transformed into a Weimar-style candlelit cabaret den for the brilliant festival performance of Orpheus by Little Bulb Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre. The sophisticated makeover becomes the Tiv, but it won’t last. Aussie rockers Regurgitator return there on Wednesday night.
The same-sex marriage question might be divisive along political lines, but it has strong support in the arts sector, and no company has more firmly nailed its rainbow colours to the mast than the Australian Ballet. On Tuesday, as dancers took their curtain call for Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the stage was festooned in confetti, heartshaped balloons and signs reading “YES”. Orchestra Victoria played the Wedding Waltz from the pit. It was a similar story, if you can believe it, in the remote NSW mining town of Broken Hill where the Broken Heel drag festival was taking place. As cabaret king Trevor Ashley reported via Twitter: “My lovely mature cab driver told me the whole town will vote YES. It loves its association with Priscilla.”