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form y separately published work icon Mao's Last Dancer Jan Sardi , ( dir. Bruce Beresford ) Australia : Early Mark Films , 2009 Z1433556 2009 single work film/TV A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin, who at age 11 was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he managed to defect and went on to perform as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet.

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Teachers' notes via publisher's website (for young readers' ed.).

Notes

  • Dedication: to the two special women in my life - my mother and my wife.
  • Re-told for children in The Peasant Prince (2007).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 2003 .
      person or book cover
      Courtesy of Penguin Books Australia.
      Extent: xiv, 444p., [8]p. of platesp.
      Description: illus., ports
      ISBN: 067004024X
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      G. P. Putnam's Sons ,
      2003 .
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      Alternative title: Mao's Last Dancer : A Memoir
      Extent: xvii, 444p.p.
      Description: illus., geneal. tables, ports.
      ISBN: 039915096X
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2016 .
      Extent: 1vp.
      Note/s:
      • Published 15 August 2016
      ISBN: 9780143574323
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin , 2005 .
      person or book cover
      Courtesy of Penguin Books Australia.
      Extent: xiii, 333p., [8]p. of platesp.
      Edition info: Young Readers ed.
      Description: illus., ports., map
      Note/s:
      • Young Readers ed. is reduced in length and includes an explanatory section on the history of China.
      ISBN: 0143301640

Other Formats

  • Also sound recording.

Works about this Work

Lifelong Learning Kelsey Oldham , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , October vol. 97 no. 4 2018; (p. 9-10)

'Kelsey Oldham investigates the role played by younger readers editions in the growth of children's nonfiction.'

His Age Is No Barre Brittany Vonow , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 June 2015; (p. 15)
'He thought he had hung up his ballet shoes but dancer and choreographer Li Cunxin is warming up for one last pirouette.'
Framing Mao's Last Dancer As a Musical Biopic Penny Spirou , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , vol. 8 no. 1 2014; (p. 56-69)
Borrowers Stay True to Favourite Authors Linda Morris , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 16 February 2014; (p. 23)
Called to the Barre Phil Brown , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 17 - 23 October no. 904 2012; (p. 12-13)
Natural Risk-Taker Neil Jillett , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 August 2003; (p. 6)

— Review of Mao's Last Dancer Cunxin Li , 2003 single work autobiography
Dance With Destiny Louise Bellamy , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1 September 2003; (p. 6)

— Review of Mao's Last Dancer Cunxin Li , 2003 single work autobiography
From Mao To Now, A Dancer Takes Stock Neil Jillett , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 31 August 2003; (p. 3)

— Review of Mao's Last Dancer Cunxin Li , 2003 single work autobiography
Poverty, Pain and the Perfect Pirouette Valerie Lawson , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 October 2003; (p. 18)

— Review of Mao's Last Dancer Cunxin Li , 2003 single work autobiography
Human Story that Began in Mao's Day Ron Cerabona , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 25 October 2003; (p. 2a)

— Review of Mao's Last Dancer Cunxin Li , 2003 single work autobiography
The Courier-Mail Book of the Year Rosemary Sorensen , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 11 September 2004; (p. 10)
Life, Less Ordinary Justine Reilly , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 3 - 9 October no. 656 2007; (p. 29)
The Principal and the Pauper Robyn Doreian , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 30 December 2007; (p. 50-51)
Mao's Last i "Believe me", Yu Ouyang , 2007 single work poetry
— Appears in: Poetry Macao , November vol. 1 no. 1 2007; Writing Macao , no. 5 2007;
Great Leap Forward Rosemary Neill , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 February 2008; (p. 6)
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    China,
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    East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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    United States of America (USA),
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    Americas,
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    Australia,
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