Tay­lor Swift lets Aussie se­niors ‘shake it off’

The China Post - - ARTS -

Pop star Tay­lor Swift has leapt to the aid of a Syd­ney theater com­pany suf­fer­ing an “artis­tic emer­gency” by giv­ing the cast of 70-some­things per­mis­sion to dance to her chart-top­per “Shake it Off.”

Syd­ney’s Belvoir Theatre took to Twit­ter with the hash­tag “grey­grey4­tay­tay” to ap­peal to the Amer­i­can singer for per­mis­sion to use the song in a play due to open Wed­nes­day night.

“I’m fac­ing an artis­tic emer­gency I hope you can help with,” theater di­rec­tor Anne-Louise Sarks tweeted to the singer on Tues­day morn­ing.

She was re­fer­ring to the play “Sev­en­teen” about 17-year-olds on their last night of high school but played by ac­tors in their 70s.

In the pro­duc­tion’s show-stop­per scene, the cast dance to “Shake it Off” — and they had learned all the word to the song — yet at the last minute they had been de­nied per­mis­sion to use it, re­port­edly by the song’s pub­lish­ers.

“Is there any­thing at all you can do?!!” Sarks pleaded.

The re­sponse was quick with the singer giv­ing the green light via Twit­ter: “Per­mis­sion granted. Good luck with your open­ing night.”

Swift is a global su­per­star with more than 61.5-mil­lion fol­low- ers on Twit­ter but her work was largely un­known to the cast of the Sev­en­teen un­til they be­gan re­hears­ing the play, which was writ­ten specif­i­cally for them.

“These ac­tors weren’t, un­til these re­hearsals, fa­mil­iar with Tay­lor Swift — or much pop mu­sic — so we in­tro­duced them to this track, they learned all the words — it was kind of a big process,” Sarks told the Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion.

“So it was quite a big deal to get de­nied those rights at the last minute.”

She later said on Twit­ter that Tay­lor’s sup­port for artists was “a thing to be­hold.”

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