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‘This is your one chance. You have your secret dreams. Follow them! Make them come true!’
Using words and music, The Peasant Prince tells the inspiring story of Li Cunxin, better known as ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’: his childhood and his journey to become one of the world’s greatest ballet dancers.
With music by composer Katy Abbott setting the scene, Li tells his life’s story in eight episodes over half an hour - from his humble beginnings in rural China to his triumphs as principal ballet dancer of the Houston Ballet. It is a story that will inspire the young and the young-at-heart, with reflections on a family living in hardship, inspiring teachers, and the joy of finding that one thing that you love most in the world.
Based on Li’s best-selling memoir Mao’s Last Dancer and children’s book The Peasant Prince, this is a heart-warming tale for anyone who ever dared to dream.
English version/Mandarin version
1 Introduction 9 序章 (Introduction)
2 Kite Themes –
Hopes and Wishes 10 风筝——希望与心愿 (Kite Themes – Hopes and Wishes)
3 Frog in the Well 11 井里的蛙 (Frog in the Well)
4 Home and School 12 家里，学校 (Home and School)
5 Leaving Home, Arriving Beijing 13 离家到北京 (Leaving Home, Arriving Beijing)
6 By the Light of a Single Candle 14 烛光之中 (By the Light of a Single Candle)
7 USA 15 美国 (USA)
8 Dance of My Life 16 一生最重要的舞蹈 (Dance of My Life)
(Music by Katy Abbott • Words by Li Cunxin AO)