This summer, Museum of Brisbane is revealing never-before-seen interviews, performance footage and personal items from the author of Mao’s Last Dancer, Li Cunxin.
Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition: A portrait of Li Cunxin explores Li’s inspirational story from his poverty-stricken childhood in China, to the twist of fate that took him to Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy, his dramatic defection to the United States and the international fame that followed.
The exhibition brings a fresh perspective to Li’s story by sharing the intimate tales of those who have supported and danced alongside him. Li said: “Many extraordinary people in China, the United States and Australia made my story possible. I continue to be inspired by their generosity and friendship and am delighted that this exhibition introduces them to Australian audiences.”
The exhibition takes Li’s story beyond the much-loved book and film and brings audiences up to date with Li’s life in Brisbane today. It focuses on his current role as Queensland Ballet’s artistic director and how he has positively impacted those in and out of the dance community.
This world-first exhibition is now open and runs until 29 April, 2018.