Discover one man’s incredible journey from poverty to world-famous artist in Museum of Brisbane’s Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin, until April 29, 2018.

Featuring never before seen interviews, performance footage and personal artefacts, the exhibition is an intimate portrait of a contemporary Australian icon.

Born into bitter poverty during Mao’s Communist China, Li 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.

Inspired by the love of his family and determined to succeed, Li became an international ballet star and celebrity when his fight to stay in the United States made worldwide headlines.

Li moved to Australia with his wife, Brisbane born ballet star Mary McKendry, in 1995 to become a Principal Artist with The Australian Ballet. The exhibition illustrates Li’s life in Brisbane as Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet, and the extraordinary impact he continues to have.

Li Cunxin will join journalist Trent Dalton for a riveting evening of conversation at Museum of Brisbane on Friday, April 20 at 6pm.

This unique Q&A will explore the: Five Things That Have Moved Me with The Australian’s award-winning feature writer Trent Dalton, who delves into the emotional life of the enigmatic Li Cunxin to find out a little more about the man we know everything about, or so we thought.