Legendary Chinese motivational speaker Li Cunxin is the Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet. In the video below he talks about his aspiration…
My single big arts idea and cultural idea that makes me proud to be a Queenslander would be a purpose-built venue for opera and ballet in inner-city Brisbane. There is audience demand to warrant having such a facility for these art forms, and it would foster excellence among our artists.
Li’s journey is simply remarkable. He was born into utter poverty in Mao’s communist China. At a very young age he was selected to train in Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy. The 7 years of harsh training regime at the Beijing Dance Academy taught him discipline, resilience, determination and perseverance. Li’s astounding drive and relentless hard work made him one of the best dancers in the world.
Li then made a successful career transition from ballet to finance. He is a senior manager at one of the largest stockbroking firms in Australia.
The inspirational story of Li’s life is recounted in his memoir Mao’s Last Dancer, which quickly rose to No. 1 on the Australian Non-Fiction Best-Seller List, won the Book of the Year Award in Australia and received the Christopher Award for Literature in the USA. It went on to become an international bestseller.