August 1st 2012                                                                                                                                                     

Li has been appointed the new Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet (QB). Li is the 5th Artistic Director in Queensland Ballet’s 52-year history. QB is one of only three ballet companies in Australia.

Queensland Ballet Chair, Adjunct Professor Joan Sheldon AM, said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Li on behalf of the Company, its friends and supporters. This is an exciting new direction for our Company, our audiences, and Queensland.

“Li’s passion for dance and devotion to artistic excellence and quality complements our vision as a leading classical ballet company with a distinctive spirit and vitality that is proudly reflective of Queensland and Australia. Li's extraordinary career, international reputation, networks and commercial experience will provide the Company with invaluable opportunities to build upon the achievements of our 52 year history. The Company can only benefit with Li leading us into the next chapter of our journey of renewal, growth and pursuit of creative excellence.”

Commenting on his appointment Li said “I'm very excited. I have been following Queensland Ballet with great interest and feel privileged to help lead the Company into the next era. The Board and CEO Anna Marsden's commitment to a strategic future for the Company is very powerful. I have always been immensely impressed with the quality of the dancers, and look forward to working with them. I'm excited to start a new journey with such an ambitious and inspiring Company.

“It's also a homecoming of sorts - my wife Mary McKendry is from Queensland and we're looking forward to making it our home. Queensland's cultural industries have experienced phenomenal growth over the last five years and I'm honoured to be joining the Company at this time. I have so many ideas - I can't wait to get started.”

Li‘s excited about his first (2013) season of programs. He is looking to bring the best of ballets to Queensland and work with inspirational artists.r>


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