Staged Thai Chi and a Becoming Less Rigid: Saturday 24th March

This morning I got up very early and took the subway to the (reasonably) nearby ‘Summer Palace’, and I am so glad that I did. Unlike the (at times) repetitive splendour of the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and its surroundings were genuinely breathtaking, with the many scenic views and quiet lakeside paths a welcome respite from the chaos of central Beijing. One thing that puzzled me however was the number of old people that were walking around the palace’s grounds, ‘blasting out’ classical Chinese music from personal stereo systems. I wondered if they had been paid by the authorities in order to add to the ambience of the place, but if so then it was definitely a case of gilding the lilly. There were also a lot of people practicing Thai Chi in very convenient places…

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A view from the summer palace.

This afternoon was the final performance & workshop with the Tsinghua University students, and it went swimmingly. Everyone was magnificent, and even though a couple of lines in the play were missed out, the competency with which the students dealt with this was testament to their newly discovered acting prowess. The whole trip has been absolutely unforgettable, and as well as opening my eyes to a whole new country and culture, it has shown me the importance of becoming less rigid in regards to sticking to a previously conceived plan; far better to be fluid and slightly chaotic than strictly regimented. Today also marked the last time that I will see my students before I go back to the UK (I am getting an earlier flight than the rest of them tomorrow, as I have to be in Saitama for 3 pm), and so it was obviously a little emotional. I am extremely proud of all of them, and just hope that when they are all incredible successful (which all of them will be), that they will look back on our time together with as much fondness as I know that I will.

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About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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2 Responses to Staged Thai Chi and a Becoming Less Rigid: Saturday 24th March

  1. Interesting blog, i will look forward to reading more.

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