Following a highly successful season in Brisbane, "Mao's Last Dancer the exhibition: A portrait of Li Cunxin" is coming to Melbourne.
The exhibition explores Li’s inspirational story from his poverty-stricken childhood in China, the chance of fate that took him to Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy, his dramatic defection to the United States and international fame. Li is now the popular artistic director of the Queensland Ballet.
Leaving Brisbane for the first time, the Museum of Brisbane's world first exhibition transports visitors into Li's unbelievable story. It does so through costumes, photography, audio visual content, awards and other personal items, shared by Li Cunxin from his own archives. Experienced together, these deeply personal items paint an intimate and inspirational picture. This story is one of fortune, grit, bravery, and beauty. Highlights include an exclusive interview with Li Cunxin's parents, costumes from the Houston Ballet's 1990 production of Romeo & Juliet, and a series of kites, handmade by Li for the exhibition.
“I have enjoyed contacting old friends and searching through my own keepsakes and files to find the artefacts and papers that will make Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin a unique experience," Li says.”
"Mao's Last Dancer the Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin" opens at the Immigration Museum on June 16, and is FREE with general entry.