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Edited by the translator David Hays, elected to the Theater Hall of Fame in , created an exciting and David Hays, elected to the Theater Hall of Fame in , created an exciting and successful career designing scenery and lighting for plays and musicals on Broadway, in London, and in Japan. America is not filled with filthy-looking capitalists, and the sheer wealth and size of the buildings and the people clearly indicate that China is the poverty stricken country, not America.

To dance : a memoir

However, he knows this sentiment is too dangerous to be spoken, and upon return to China, even though he loved every bit of America, he tones it down and recites some Communist propaganda for the report to be filed so he can return in two months time. However, despite the lies, the government refuses to let him return to the U. Three months later, he manages to get his visa and goes—this time for a full year dancing in the Houston Ballet. He starts a secret romance with aspiring American dancer, Elizabeth Mackey, keeping it a secret so his government doesn't find out and send him back.

He is quickly promoted to soloist position and allowed five more months. In the last month, Cunxin is reluctant to leave, so he and Elizabeth rush their marriage so that Cunxin can remain in the United States indefinitely, thus avoiding a defection which may have consequences for his family.

Visiting the Chinese Consulate to announce his decision while trying to prevent the sure backlash on Stevenson, the resident Chinese diplomat forcibly detains Li in attempt to coerce his return to China; when he continues to refuse to go willingly, the Party agrees to release and allow him to stay, but revokes his citizenship and declares he can never return to the land of his birth.

Full of concern for his family, Cunxin continues to dance, but his relationship with Elizabeth ends in divorce, and he cites his youth and cultural differences as the reason.

An engaging memoir of a dancing life

Cunxin is quickly promoted to principal dancer status, making numerous premieres and winning awards, but severely injured his back, putting him out of commission for over two months. Despite the setback, he continues dancing, and soon after, the Chinese government allowed his parents to come to America to visit him after six years of being cut off from his family. They arrive to watch him in the Nutcracker, and sob as they reunite, and the audience gives a standing ovation. Li meets and marries Australian ballerina Mary McKendry, and they finally go back to his old village.

In Balanchine's Company: A Dancer's Memoir

Cunxin meets with his old Teacher Xiao, and performs for him and his parents, but feels an inexplicable amount of guilt for the huge difference in how he lives and how the rest of the village lives, but consoles himself in thinking that he has fulfilled all his mother ever wanted for him.

They return to America and continue dancing. Sophie, Cunxin and Mary's first child, is born profoundly deaf, to their devastation. Fisher's account of her career, and the early days of Balanchine's company, are not only an important cultural text interms of the history of 20th century ballet in America, but as interesting and complex as the choreographer himself. Fisher's style, while sometimes uneven, has moments of rich detail and lyric storytelling. One such moment in the book is when she recounts the mold-y smelling, stale cosutmes pulled o This book is another in the "must read" category for lovers of ballet and dance.

One such moment in the book is when she recounts the mold-y smelling, stale cosutmes pulled out for a performance, costumes designed for the old Ballet Russe and created by none other than Chagall. Fisher's prose is delightfully more put together and more uniquely her voice than other memoirs by Balanchine ballerinas.

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I did ballet all through high school, but stopped in college. I really started missing in around my second semester, so I bought a couple of ballet books to fill my void. I had hope for this one, but it also failed to measure up. I wish this book had a ghostwriter. Jul 29, L rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction. I liked the content and I found her stories entertaining I laughed aloud multiple times , but the style of prose was not for me. The fragments, interruptions, and tense changes distracted me from the story.

May 05, Gorgas rated it really liked it. Some really interesting and fun recollections in here.

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