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Mao's Last Dancer


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#46 dirac

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 06:19 PM

Yes, at the very least we might have seen him in conflict about it, contemplating the potential, even likely, grim fate of his family, but I don't remember that he was, much. There was a happy ending of course, but it could easily have been otherwise.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 06:55 PM

Free screening before the DVD release at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring Maryland on Tue. April 12 7pm. Q&A with Li Cunxin also. I just checked online passes still available at gogobo.com rsvp code WOMF4SL5.

I will try to get there, but I might get off work too late.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 07:03 PM

I didn't make it to the free screening, but here is Washington Times article
http://www.washingto...e=all#pagebreak

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 02:48 AM

Thanks for the heads up, cantdance. This movie has done very well for itself - the little ballet movie that could!

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 09:09 PM

The movie is now out on DVD.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:29 AM

Finally saw this movie on last night. I enjoyed it, especially the chance to become acquainted with the dancing of Chi Cao. But I must add kudos (to Helene's earlier post) to Bruce Greenwood's Ben Stevenson. I found his work to be exceptionally nuanced and believable. The first time I actually "bought" an actor as ballet master; light years better than Peter Gallagher in Center Stage, Malcolm McDowell in The Company and even Vincent Cassel in Black Swan. I'm a big Bruce Greenwood fan and this portrayal did not disappoint.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 01:20 PM

I saw the movie but did not read the book. Does the book explain the title? Does the book discuss Li's relationship with Stevenson after Li joined the ballet as a soloist? Maybe the nature of relationship is why the choreography of Murphy was used, in addition to the ties to Australia.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 01:35 PM

Yes, the book covers a much longer period than the film, mostly covering Li's early life which goes a long way to explaining the title. I suspect that Graeme Murphy's choreography was used because the film was financed and mostly filmed in Australia. I think I identified a section from Stevenson's Three Preludes though.

Do read the book, I found it an inspirational read and relevant whether you are interested in dance or not.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 09:00 PM

Finally saw this movie on last night. I enjoyed it, especially the chance to become acquainted with the dancing of Chi Cao. But I must add kudos (to Helene's earlier post) to Bruce Greenwood's Ben Stevenson. I found his work to be exceptionally nuanced and believable. The first time I actually "bought" an actor as ballet master; light years better than Peter Gallagher in Center Stage, Malcolm McDowell in The Company and even Vincent Cassel in Black Swan. I'm a big Bruce Greenwood fan and this portrayal did not disappoint.



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Posted 16 December 2011 - 09:19 PM

Having worked with Ben Stevenson myself, Bruce Greenwood did a great job in capturing his character, they even copied his practice wardrobe to perfection. I remember that Ben had a great sense of humor, he was a great mimic and could imitate anyone in the company- it was hilarious yet very humbling. I felt it was his way of correcting your approach to your dancing and also to put you down a peg if he felt your head was getting too big. From what I could see it always worked.

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 09:17 AM

Jann Parry just wrote an article on Li's work as AD of Queensland Ballet:

 

http://dancetabs.com...hide-li-cunxin/



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Posted 30 July 2015 - 09:40 AM

And Judith Mackrell has written a piece on Li for "The Guardian" that recaps his life in China, but also talks about Queensland Ballet and how he perceived attitudes in America:

 

http://www.theguardi...ture*gdnculture




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