Soloist Keian Langdon and Company Dancer Sarah Thompson take us on their Wuhan adventure…
Tuesday 5 April
The Company left Zhengzhou and travelled nine hours by coach to Wuhan. We arrived at the Holiday Inn, which has beautiful views of the majestic Yangtze River. Despite being a little weary, some off the dancers headed to the city’s famous ‘walking street’, where the shopping was endless and the streets were lit up by massive LCD signs.
We had the following day off so many of us spent the day shopping for a bargain in the markets and malls while others ventured to the temple and the Yellow Crane Tower.
The next day and we were off to the Wuhan Theatre for class, technical rehearsal and our first show in Wuhan. All of the theatres have been beautiful, with very interesting architecture, huge stages and most of the auditoriums seating more than 1,500 people.
Wuhan Theatre was no exception. The side and back stage areas were at least four times bigger than the stage itself. The audience, mostly consisting of children and their parents really appreciated the performance. The show was a success and we went back to the hotel for a well deserved rest.
On the morning before the second show it was sunny and the warmest weather so far on tour, about 16 degrees, so after
breakfast we took a stroll along the bank of the river. The beginning of spring had brought out the cherry blossoms and many families where outside enjoying a public holiday. The park by the river had many impressive sculptures and murals which showed Chinese myths and fairytales. Then it was back to the theatre for the second show.
Peter and Edna Scott, who are the parents of Company dancer Piran Scott, were in the audience that night so following the performance Yu Hui took them, the dancers and François and Robyn out to a delicious Yum Cha restaurant to celebrate. We ate like kings. Tamara Hanton tried Duck for the first time and loved it. The Company had a great time in Wuhan, but now it is time to fly to Shenzhen for the next leg of the tour!
Sarah & Keian