Shanghai Tango

Genre: Biography

Shanghai Tango

Performed by:
Keith Brockett

At the age of nine, Jin Xing entered a military academy. He knew that he had been born to dance and, in Mao's China, it was the army that provided the best training. His exceptional talent was soon recognised; by the time he was eighteen, he was regarded as the best principal dancer in China. He won a scholarship to study in the United States where he discovered a new world of contemporary dance, and made both a new identity and a decision that was to change his life - and would shake the whole of China: Jin Xing underwent a sex-change. He became a woman - and then a mother and, later, a wife. The incredible adventure of this solider with a young girl's heart was suppressed by Chinese authorities for years, but now Jin Xing can finally tell her story. From the regimented world of the Red Army, to Europe's most elegant boulevards; from the small Manchurian village of her birth, to the dizzying excess of New York; Jin Xing's story has all the drama and energy of a classic ballet - and a happy ending.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 7 hours
Media Options:
  • Retail Trade: CD, MP3-CD
  • Library Editions: CD

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Jin Xing
Keith Brockett

Keith Brockett is a graduate of the National Theatre Drama School. In 2007, Keith was awarded Best Male Actor for his role in Death by 1000 Cuts by Mika Tsoi in the Melbourne Short and Sweet Festival. Keith played Ky in the ABC TV comedy series The Librarians and appeared as Lee in the feature film Verite.

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