In 2011, APSA Productions produced a documentary in conjunction with Shanghai TV and Beijing Film Academy.
The documentary, titled Streetlight Dancer, tells the story of 10-year-old Yao Qifeng who dreams of becoming a ballerina.
Every evening for nearly two years, Qifeng practised under a street light, wearing thrown-away ballet shoes. She learned to dance by watching ballerinas on TV or by peering through the window of the local ballet school.
In early 2011, the Queensland Ballet Company toured China and met the little girl. Artistic Director, Francois Klaus, choreographed a piece for Qifeng and Queensland Ballet’s principal ballerina, Rachael Walsh, to perform at the APSA ceremony.
The documentary was supported by the Australia China Council and the Australian Institute of International Affairs.
The Chinese version of Streetlight Dancer was broadcast on 26 & 27 May 2012 on Shanghai TV Art & Culture channel, which has an audience of 17 million.
It will be released internationally in mid-2012, showcasing the story of Qifeng’s journey towards achieving her dream.