Born into poverty during Mao's Communist China, Li Cunxin grew up in a world few of us can imagine. Through chance 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 the love of his family driving him to success, Li became one of China's most celebrated dancers.
Li Cunxin's inspiring story has been translated into a bestselling novel and award-winning film. This exhibition is an opportunity for audiences to intimately discover both his moving personal narrative and remarkable artistic achievements.