Thursday, September 30, 2010

Li Cunxin, subject of movie Mao's Last Dancer, was guest artist with Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet numerous times 1990's; see screening of movie on Sun, Oct 10, 3:30 pm at RFC

"Li Cunxin, the subject of the film "Mao's Last Dancer,", performed as a guest artist with the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet in “The Nutcracker” in 1984, 1985, 1991, and 1994. In 1991, Li and his wife, Mary McKendry, shared the stage with current SMB Artistic Director Kendra Feazel Meiki, who was performing the role of “Clara” in “The Nutcracker.” Meiki has maintained a friendship with Li and McKendry since that time," writes Kate Pedrotty.

On Sunday, October 10 at 3:30pm, the Robinson Film Center and the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet will host a special screening of Mao’s Last Dancer that will include commentary from Kendra Meiki and archival video from some of Li’s performances in Shreveport.

For information on the special screening on October 10, please contact Kate Pedrotty, Executive Director of the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet: 318-866-9916; 318-918-9809;

She adds, "This movie speaks powerfully about our community's important connections to a wider world of art and culture."

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