Cinda-f’ing-rella? Not likely.

As you all know by now I am not a supporter of “the Arts”.  I bottom clench when I hear the words “theatre”, “ballet” and “opera” because in New Zealand it means only one thing – the taxpayer is funding this cultural elite so their mates can go along, gush how wonderful it is and invite pretentious MP’s like Chris Finlayson and Charles Chauvel along to hob knob.

I have reviewed the worth of ballet before. That is, there is none.

In tight financial times there are choices to make about what is essential and what isn’t. A symphony orchestra and a ballet company certainly aren’t essential services for a government to pay for. Think about all the beaches that could be saved and the hip operations that could be provided if we simply ditched these anachronistic pillars of a pretention.  

A mate of mine went to Cinda-f’ing-rella the other night. He had free tickets that’s why and took his daughter because his Missus was out of town.  The closest he has ever got to Cinderella was a quote in Pretty Women:

A name you want a name, the pressure of a name. I got it Cindafuckenrela.

Anyway the good news (apart from seeing a National Party MP there he could laugh at) is that his daughter loved the show because she is a girl and every little girl flirts with the romance of being a ballerina until they almost all realise they are as un-co as their mothers are.  The bad news is that the Missus now wants to go to the Palmerston North show. So not only did he had to go to the Wellington one he will be forced to drive the daughter and Missus safely to Palmerston North, because a gentleman would never ever let the Missus go there alone. Times that by 100 with the precious daughter.

Here is the full schedule.  The Royal New Zealand Ballet are touring.  Now granted they will get more people to come and watch in Invercargill, Dunedin, Napier and Palmerston North than David Shearer could possibly dream of on his Healthy Heartland tour, but that is a very low base for a multi-million dollar production to work from.

Being a supporter of the Arts, I am surprised David Farrar has not reviewed it yet. Maybe it is even too girlie for him.

If you want to know how your hard earned dollars have contributed to this unprofitable group of prancers here are the details in the 2011 report. Without the funding from the taxpayer the production could not happen.

So while schools in South Auckland cannot obtain extra funding to feed their decile 1 pupils, the taxpayer funds the Ballet to the tune of $4,384,000 per annum to dance to liberal cultural elite wankers.


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