Rat causes darkness at Australian Ballet performance.

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Dancers and audience members were plunged into darkness during the second half of a Sleeping Beauty performance by the Australian Ballet.

About 2,000 patrons had to be evacuated by torchlight from the theatre in Adelaide after realising the outage was not an artistic effect. State energy authorities later confirmed rodent damage as the cause.

The power outage affected the city’s entire riverside arts precinct, and stopped another dance performance in the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Dancers initially carried on with the performance before they were stopped by management. They received a standing ovation from an audience lit by the glow of mobile phones, the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper reported.

The theatre’s programming director Liz Hawkins told the Australian Broadcasting Corp the incident was unprecedented but patrons had responded with good grace.

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