are without question Li Cunxin and Dominik Slavkovský.
Li Cunxin with Queensland Ballet photo by David Kelly
Magic happened when Ballet Star Li Cunxin, was lured out of 18 years retirement for a special performance of the NUTCRACKER with the Queensland Ballet. Taking to the stage in Brisbane for one night only, the 56 year old dancer delivered a mesmerizing performance. While Drosselmeyer is predominately a character role, Li incorporated his own choreography – adding pirouettes and jumps to the performance. His twists and turns hinted at his past brilliance.
What is your favorite dance movie?
Dance Movies are always fun. Thinking of my favorite ones it is very difficult to say which I like the most. There are so many kinds of Dance Movies around, from the classical masterpiece with Gene Kelly „Singing in the Rain“, some sweet 80s dance movies like „Flashdance“, to the more modern street dancing movies like the Step up street dance battle.
Interview with Li Cunxin, Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet, also known as Mao’s Last Dancer
Everybody knowns the story of Mao’s Last Dancer but not everyone is aware of his current career as the Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet. I was lucky to get the opportunity to talk to him about the new production of Swan Lake in May 2017. Then I was invited to watch a rehearsal which I really loved. It was heartbreaking!
Interview: Lou Spichtig jetzt beim Queensland Ballet
Die 19-Jährige Schweizer Ballerina Lou Spichtig absolvierte eine professionelle Ausbildung zur Bühnentänzerin an der Tanzakademie Zürich und schloss 2015 mit einem Eidgenössischen Fähigkeitszeugnis ab. Auf internationalen Wettbewerben gewann sie zahlreiche Awards: drei Goldmedaillen – beim Varna International Ballet Competition 2016, beim Youth America Grand Prix 2013 und beim Tanz-Olymp 2012 in Berlin. Lou war die beste Schweizer Kandidaten 2015 beim begehrten Prix de Lausanne und gewann den Publikumspreis sowie den Studienpreis Tanz Migros-Kulturprozent 2013.