This conversation between Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM and Li Cunxin AO tells the story of all that goes into bringing us The Ballet and the important role it plays in our community. Two ballerinas frame their conversation, representing their creative thoughts (structure and flow).
Her Excellency Dr. Jeannette Young, the patron of Queensland Ballet, loves supporting it and frequently attends the opening nights of the Queensland ballets.
Li Cunxin is celebrating his 10th anniversary as the artistic director of Queensland Ballet. His discipline and dedication to ballet brought him to where he is today. Li’s autobiography, “Mao’s Last Dancer”, is a story that began with a childhood of poverty. Li now gives many inspirational talks in relation to the challenges he faced and how he overcame them.
Isabella uses portraiture as a narrative exploring the roles the sitters play in enriching our lives through ballet. Copper leaf icons, symbolism and colour are used to show the sitters’ key achievements and motivations. Their contributions are very much driven from the heart!
The Leap represents Li Cunxin’s highest achievements, realizing his dreams and his contributions to society as well as his family.
The Plane represents one of Her Excellency Dr. Jeannette Young’s greatest achievements during her role as Chief Health Officer. Her vision and leadership were instrumental in creating a retrieval service for regional and remote Queenslanders bringing together the Royal Flying Doctor Service and LifeFlight with Government and other aeromedical providers to provide medical assistance to those in remote areas.
The Kites represent Li Cunxin’s prayers as a boy living in poverty for a better life for his family
The Cooktown orchids represent Dr Young’s appreciation for beauty in our surroundings particularly as relates to Ballet and is also Queensland’s official flower emblem.