Li Cunxin and Marc Brew show Indonesia what Australian ballet is all about

Li Cunxin and Marc Brew show Indonesia what Australian ballet is all about

Li Cunxin and Marc Brew show Indonesia what Australian ballet is all about

Updated 26 September 2017, 17:40 AEST

Australian ballet greats Li Cunxin and Marc Brew inspire Indonesians at the second Indonesian Ballet Gala.

When a car accident left Australian dancer Marc Brew paralysed at the age of 20, he didn't let that stop him from travelling the world and flourishing in his chosen career.

This week he joined artistic director of Queensland Ballet Li Cunxin in Jakarta for the second Indonesian Ballet Gala.

The event was Brew's first performance in Indonesia, after working in the UK for the past 20 years.

From his wheelchair, he impressed the crowd with a personal dance he choreographed shortly after his accident, called Remember When.

"It's very intimate. It's very reflective," Brew said.

"It's nice to revisit older work of mine."

The gala featured other artists with disabilities, including Magali from France, Candoco Dance Company from the UK, and some local Indonesian dancers.

Brew wants to encourage others who are unsure about their talent or who want to develop their dancing skills but don't know how.

"I think it's about finding opportunities, and I know that can be sometimes limited," Brew said.

Mariska Febriyani helped to organise the gala, and said she was inspired by Unlimited Festival in Glasgow, where she met a lot of international artists who also had disabilities.

"They possess a high level of work ethic so we won't see that they're actually disabled," Ms Febriyani said.

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Li Cunxin last performed in Jakarta 31 years ago, and came back to hold a special masterclass for Indonesian ballerinas.

"I think the interest, the enthusiasm has certainly grown," he said.

"Watching the dancers I taught today, I think there's a lot of talents."

He believes a well-developed curriculum must be established to help the Indonesian ballet scene grow.

"I feel the talents in dancing here, but I think the training system probably needs to be gradually developed."

The Australian Embassy in Jakarta has been supporting the cultural event for two years.

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