Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin

Exhibition and Shows

1 Dec 2017 to 29 Apr 2018

Discover one man’s incredible journey from poverty to world-famous artist in this exclusive Museum of Brisbane exhibition. Features never-before-seen interviews, performance footage and personal artefacts in an intimate portrait of a contemporary Australian icon.

Born into bitter poverty during the height of Mao’s Communist China, Li Cunxin grew up in a world few of us can imagine. Through a chance of fate, at age 11 he was selected to attend Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy—a rare opportunity to escape his humble existence. Enduring the Academy’s punishing training regime, Li became one of China’s most celebrated dancers.

After becoming one of China’s first cultural exchange students, Li made international headlines in 1981 when he fell in love with an American dancer and decided to stay in the United States. With his Chinese citizenship revoked and unable to return home, he danced with the Houston Ballet for 16 years. He enjoyed global success, which continued when he joined the Australian Ballet as a principal artist in 1995.

Today Li lives in Brisbane with his wife and children where he’s Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet.

The story of Li Cunxin, known as Mao’s Last Dancer, is a best-selling novel and award-winning film.

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Carpark Caters for hearing impairment Caters for limited mobility Coach Parking Disabled access available Family Family Friendly Free Wifi Museums Australia Non Smoking Public Toilet Restaurant Shop Wheelchair access

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