Mao’s Last Dancer the Exhibition

Museums Immigration Museum , Melbourne Until Wednesday October 17 2018
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Li Cunxin and Janie Parker in Romeo and Juliet in 1987
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Learn about the extraordinary life of ballet dancer and choreographer Li Cunxin, who was born in China but defected to the west

Ballet dancer Li Cunxin, whose autobiography Mao's Last Dancer was an international bestseller and is now a popular film, has been director of the Queensland Ballet since 2012. An exhibition about his life is now leaving Brisbane for the first time, and Melburnians can learn about his truly extraordinary life story. 

Born in rural China, Li studied for seven years at the Beijing Dance Academy. When he was given the opportunity to study at the Houston Ballet School, he defected to the west. Li moved to Melbourne in 1995 and became the principal dancer of the Australian Ballet. 

The exhibition includes pictures, interviews, costumes and other artefacts from Li's life. Li also made a series of kites specifically for the exhibition. 

By: Cassidy Knowlton

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Venue name: Immigration Museum
Contact:
Address: Old Customs House
400 Flinders St
3000
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm
Transport: Nearby stations: Flinders St; Southern Cross
Price: Free with museum entry
Event website: https://museumsvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum/whats-on/maos-last-dancer-the-exhibition/
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    • Immigration Museum Free with museum entry
    • Immigration Museum Free with museum entry
    • Immigration Museum Free with museum entry
    • Immigration Museum Free with museum entry
    • Immigration Museum Free with museum entry
    • Immigration Museum Free with museum entry
    • Immigration Museum Free with museum entry
    • Immigration Museum Free with museum entry
    • Immigration Museum Free with museum entry
    • Immigration Museum Free with museum entry
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