Li Cunxin’s remarkable autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, made its U.S. debut at River Oaks Landmark Theatre last Friday, receiving impressive reviews from movie critics and fans. Li achieves his rise to stardom as an aspiring young dancer from Beijing who earns a scholarship to perform at the Houston Ballet despite opposition from Chinese government. He overcomes his obstacles with fierce determination and later serves as the Houston Ballet’s Principal Dancer from 1981 – 1995.
WITS was honored to have Li share his captivating story about family, loss, and the journey of living the American Dream to everyone who attended the WITS 25th Anniversary Celebration last November. It is likely the film, based on his best-selling book, will teach audiences here and abroad about the powerful experience of telling one’s personal story.
Read the Houston Chronicle’s complete review here.
WITS invites you to A Celebration of Story, Thursday, November 4, 2010, 7PM at the Junior League of Houston. This momentous occasion will highlight the personal stories of young writers of WITS and guest speaker Jeanette Walls, best-selling author of The Glass Castle. Individual tickets start at $250 and table sponsorships start at $2500. You can make a secure purchase online by following this link. Don’t miss what is sure to be a sold-out event!