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Mary Li

Mary's Last Dance

Tue 10 Nov, 2020


Powerhouse Theatre

Adult $35*
Book add-on $31.50*

*plus transaction fee $6.90




75 mins

Ages + Warnings

Suitable for all ages

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

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Mary Li, international ballet star and author of the highly anticipated memoir, Mary’s Last Dance comes to Brisbane Powerhouse as part of Writers +Ideas.

Mary Li (neé McKendry) shares a lifetime of ballet and is a mother like no other. She became a household name when her husband Li Cunxin published his bestselling memoir, Mao’s Last Dancer – but that book told only half the story. Mary’s Last Dance is a powerful and uplifting memoir about chasing an impossible dream and sacrificing one’s own ambition for the love of a child. It is a moving and unforgettable story of passion, dedication and devotion.

Don’t miss an unforgettable night as Mary Li discusses her new book, joined by daughter Sophie and husband, Li Cunxin.

‘I can vividly remember the last steps of the last ballet, walking off the stage and knowing the decision I had to make. That was my last dance.’

Mary Li will be in conversation with ABC’s Rebecca Levingston.

This event will be live Auslan interpreted.


Pre-event check-in is now closed for Mary Li.

If you missed the pre-event check-in, you’ll still be required to check-in on arrival at our Welcome Back Desk. We recommend arriving 45 minutes prior to the start time of your show. Please ensure you have your tickets ready on your mobile device before entering the building.  


We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Due to COVID-19, tickets to this event are being sold in social groups of two, three and four. For any queries please contact Box Office on 07 3358 8600.

To book tickets with clear sightlines to Auslan interpreters, please contact Box Office on or call (07) 3358 8600

A COVID Safe Plan is in place for Brisbane Powerhouse.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell, please stay home. 

Detailed information regarding your safe experience and conditions of entry can be found here.

Your seats will be allocated closer to the event with the date with social distancing measures in place.

Please note, tickets with allocated seating will be issued by email five working days prior to your event. If you have any questions, please contact Box Office on 07 3358 8600.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no book signing following the event. However, it is possible to pre-purchase a signed copy of the book with your ticket purchase. You can collect your book at the event from the Riverbend Books pop-up shop in the foyer that will also be selling non-signed copies over the counter.

Image: Mary Li with her husband and daughter, Li Cunxin and Sophie Li.

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Writers+Ideas is supported by EY and O’Neill Architecture

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