On Film: Mao's Last Dancer

Aug 23, 2010

Reviews are starting to trickle onto the internet for the new dance bio-pic, Mao's Last Dancer.  The film is based on the life of Chinese dancer Li Cunxin, who in 1979 was awarded one of China's first cultural exchange scholarships and came to the United States to study ballet in Houston. Two years later he was at the center of an international incident when he decided to defect and stay in America.  

The film is based on Li's autobiography of the same title and stars Chinese British dancer Chi Cao, Principal Dancer with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Initial reviews are mixed, but most agree that the dance sequences are beautifully shot and danced. If you end up seeing the film, let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

UPDATE: Here's a link to an interview with Li C on the New York Times website.

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