Mao's Last Dancer the Exhibition at Melbourne's Immigration Museum - Special Events Just Announced

In conversation with Li Cunxin, ballet classes for kids and seniors, and costume talk.

Li Cunxin

Melbourne's Immigration Museum has announced an exciting program of workshops and events in complement to Mao's Last Dancer the Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin, in partnership with The Australian Ballet and the Queensland Ballet.

On Saturday September 1, award-winning designer Hugh Colman and Musette Molyneaux, Head of Costume Workshop at The Australian Ballet, will delve into the process of designing, constructing, and caring for ballet costumes, in Costume Conversations. Joining them will be Museums Victoria conservator Charlotte Walker, who will share her expertise in preserving these delicate, stunning objects.

Li Cunxin, the much-admired and inspirational subject of this exhibition, who lived and worked in Melbourne for many years,  looks forward to participating in the Queensland Ballet's programming activities. On Sunday October 7, the Queensland Ballet will finish the Melbourne tour of their production of A Midsummer Night's Dream by running exclusive workshops at Immigration Museum.

Children aged 2-5 will be engaged by the wonder and fun of ballet in Tiny Dancers workshops, set within a framework of creativity, play, personal expression and greater confidence. 

In classes specially-tailored for seniors, Li Cunxin and a representative from the Queensland Ballet will lead Ballet for Seniors classes. These gentle workshops will focus on improving poise, core strength, mobility, and memory. Li Cunxin describes Ballet for Seniors as, "just a taste of what ballet can do to help improve the health and well-being of active older adults, and I see it as a privilege to be teaching this class. I hope I can share my love of ballet with the participants and perhaps inspire a desire to see ballet as an option as an older person, even if you’ve never stepped foot inside a ballet studio."

Also on Sunday October 7, visitors can experience a one-hour live discussion with Li Cunxin, moderated and led by Museums Victoria CEO Lynley Marshall. In Conversation with Li Cunxin will cover Cunxin's incredible life, career, achievements and experiences, in an intimate and approachable setting.

An emotive and evocative journey, this exhibition follows Li Cunxin from his poverty-stricken childhood in rural China, to his glittering international dance career, and into the present. Recognised internationally by his moniker 'Mao's Last Dancer' and its eponymous best-selling memoir and feature film, Li Cunxin's story is unbelievable, unique and beautiful. Do not miss this moving exhibition, showing at Immigration Museum until October 8. 

Mao's Last Dancer the Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin
An exhibition developed by Museum of Brisbane
Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne
Open now, until October 8
Free with Immigration Museum admission
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Costume Conversations with The Australian Ballet
2pm | Saturday September 1
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Ballet for Seniors class led by Li Cunxin 
10am | Sunday October 7
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Ballet for Seniors classes led by Queensland Ballet EdSquad
12.30pm & 3.00pm | Sunday October 7
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Tiny Dancers led by the Queensland Ballet EdSquad
11.30am & 2.00pm | Sunday October 7 
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In Conversation: Li Cunxin with Museums Victoria CEO Lynley Marshall
11am | Sunday October 7 
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For interviews, images and information:

Anastasia Casagrande
Anastasia Casagrande
Media & Communications Officer
[email protected]
0466 622 621

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