Theatre of the absurd

June 14, 2018

The University of Melbourne faces calls to cancel a “divisive” dance performance that separates white audience members from people of colour, makes white patrons sign a declaration before entering the theatre, and then stops the dance when they take their seats.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says he disagrees with the confrontational performance which is very divisive.

The Australian reports, "Where We Stand", a performance created by third-year Victorian College of the Arts student Isa­bella Mason, aims to highlight how indigenous people and people of colour have been excluded from society and history.

The performance is the first of four scheduled in the Dance ON 2018 showcase, which is meant to celebrate 40 years of the Victorian College of the Arts dance course, run by the University of Melbourne.

Senator Bernardi has told Sky News the performance is doing nothing to unify Australia.

Picture: Victorian College of the Arts student Isa­bella Mason

To read Richard Ferguson and Janet Albrechtsen's full article, click here.

 

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