Queensland Ballet has received a further boost to its international credibility following an acid attack on its artistic director, Li Cunxin.
Mr Cunxin, who is widely acclaimed for his autobiography Mao’s Last Dancer, had acid thrown in his face on Friday whilst waiting for a chicken roll and chips at an inner city Red Rooster.
“Fortunately, my attacker only threw antacid,” said Mr Cunxin.
“Even so, it’s a tribute to the progress ballet is making in Queensland.”
Although horrified by the incident, ballet aficionados have compared the attack favourably with the recent incident in Russia where the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet also had acid thrown in his face.
“The fact that something in Russian ballet can happen in Brisbane within the space of a few weeks shows how times have really changed,” said Courier Mail ballet and aerobics critic, Nevya Gonnaledyugo.
“Hopefully, once the Newman government starts funding ballet in Queensland properly, we’ll be seeing sulphuric acid brandished here like the best of them.”
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