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Members' benefit from a unique collaboration with the Museum of Brisbane


Members' benefit from a unique collaboration with the Museum of Brisbane
To coincide with the announcement that Li Cunxin is a special guest at RAD Australia events in January.

In an exciting collaboration with the Museum of Brisbane to coincide with his attendance at our forthcoming launch of Discovering Repertoire and the opening cocktail party for our conference Unravelling Repertoire: Histories, Pedagogies and Practices, we are thrilled to be offering all conference attendees free tickets to the Mao's Last Dancer The Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin.  These tickets will be available in conference delegate bags.

If you can't make the conference but would still like to attend the exhibition which runs from December 2017 until April 2018, never fear! RAD members will still benefit from our collaboration with a 10% discount on all tickets. Simply head to the events page in the  Members' Area of our website for information on how to book and obtain your discount.


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 the chance of fate, at age 11 he was selected to attend Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy —a rare opportunity to escape his humble, rural existence.  Despite the Academy’s punishing training regime, with perseverance and the love of his family driving him to success, Li became one of China’s most celebrated dancers. 

After becoming one of China’s first cultural exchange students, Li made world-wide headlines in 1981 with a dramatic defection to the United States. With his Chinese citizenship revoked and being unable to return to his home country, he danced with the Houston Ballet for sixteen years. He enjoyed international 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 is Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet and we are proud to say he is also a Vice President of the Royal Academy of Dance. His story of resilience and determination continues, influenced by his passion for dance and strong family values.

The inspiring story of Li Cunxin has been translated into a best-selling novel and award-winning film.

This world-first exhibition is an opportunity for audiences to intimately discover both his moving personal narrative and his remarkable artistic achievements. Featuring never before seen interviews of Li’s family and colleagues from the ballet world, original objects and documents from Li’s personal archives, and footage of Li at the height of his career.

One man’s incredible journey from poverty to world-famous artist.

From 1 December 2017 to 20 May 2018.

Level 3, City Hall home to Museum of Brisbane.  Open daily. 10am –5pm.

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