As the Company settles in to Shenzhen, Brisbane’s sister-city, let’s hear from Company Dancers Lina Kim, Katherine Rooke & Blair Wood who joined forces to bring us their stories from Zhengzhou…
Thursday 31 March
Ni hao from Zhengzhou!
We are so glad that we could enjoy the once in a lifetime experience of the Shaolin Temple. It was a bit of a climb to reach the top of the temple but there were many shrines to see along the way, each enshrining a different Buddha. Each piece of architecture showed the history of this temple, and the amount of detail that was put into it.
We ventured out into the city to have a look at the Er’ Qi Memorial Tower, which commemorates a strike that happened on 2nd of July, 1923.
It is the busiest commercial area in Zhengzhou and even the Henan Province and is surrounded by some of the best restaurants and shopping. We found a street full of markets so decided to check it out. It was definitely an experience full of miscommunication and bargaining. We had a lot of fun though.
Rehearsals were a little challenging because the theatre turns the heating off on the 14 of March and it was hard to keep warm, but all in all everything went smoothly.
At the close of the first show we were lucky enough to receive a small standing ovation and at the end of the second show we had photos taken with the Mayor’s assistant and received bouquets. Both audiences were quite responsive.
And so our stay in Zhengzhou has come to an end. On to Wuhan now for another adventure!
Over and out. Lina, Katie & Blair