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Shanghai IBC-2001 reports from Jeannie

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#31 Natalia


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Posted 23 August 2001 - 05:49 AM

A quick message from the southern city of Guilin, nestled among the lovely karst mountains. The 26-hr train trip from Shanghai was amazing; we went from flatlands with rice paddies to tropical hills rimmed by palm and banana trees.

Interesting dance-related note: the Chinese population seems to be really into dancing. Old and young alike practice some sort of dance in groups, at public parks or along the waterfronts.Groups of old ladies practice a form of martial arts with big red fans...teenagers take western-style ballroom dance lessons, etc.

- Jeannie

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Posted 23 August 2001 - 09:39 AM

Jeannie, a quick note to say, thanks for all your China posts -- hope you're having a great time.

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Posted 23 August 2001 - 12:45 PM

Thank you very much Jeannie for the reports. Have a good time in China!
Congratulation Dan Tidwell and the excellent ballet-masters of the Washington Kirov Academy, who discovered his talent and helped him to win. I have heard that he has danced classical ballet only for three years. It's fantastic!

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Posted 27 August 2001 - 11:24 PM

The Shanghai Ballet will perform Derek Deane's production of Swan Lake in Hong Kong and other Chinese cities at the end of this year. I don't have the exact dates yet.

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Posted 05 September 2001 - 07:48 PM

You enjoyed your stay in China?
Unfortunately we could not see you on TV, but managed to make copies of Shanghai IBC (the final and gala) for you. Please call Helen when you come back to Beijing (if you can read this msg), so that she can pass the videotapes to you (I will be attending a meeting today and tomorrow).

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Posted 06 September 2001 - 04:50 PM


Is it possible to buy this Shanghai IBC tape or VCD in either Shanghai or Beijing? I know several of my frineds would like to watch this final competition program and gala performance. If you have any info please e-amil to mdwinc@earthlink.net, thanks.

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Posted 10 September 2001 - 01:53 AM

Hi,chieme, the video tape or VCD is not for sale in China yet. One of our Shanghai friend made the recording from the television. I wonder which city you are? I have one colleague who will travel to US next week, will stop in L.A. If I make a copy for you, is it possible for you to collect it in her hotel in L.A.? Please feel free to contact me: mh_chen1@yahoo.com

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Posted 17 September 2001 - 09:06 AM

Follow-up on China...now that I am back home & the tragedy of last week has subsided:

* Thanks to all who responded to my reports; glad that you enjoyed them!

* Xinxin, Wawa, Helen & others who have written to me: I will be responding to you privately on various matters.Please forgive my tardiness! ;) My plans changed & I remained in Xinjiang province (the western part of China) through Sept 9 and only passed through Beijing on my way back to DC. Sorry to have missed you.

* Internet links/communications were 'iffy' once I left eastern & central China & traveled to the west. For example, I tried numerous times to log into Ballet Alert from an internet cafe in Xian and was blocked by the local server.

* Yes -- I absolutely fell in love with China, as a whole, and with Xinjiang Province in particular. China is a land replete with beauty and artistic refinement on many fronts....from the architectural wonders of the east (the Great Wall, palaces, etc.) to the landscape along its mighty rivers...to the delicious Alpine-like mountains and sultry oases of the north-west. Dance is in the hearts of its people -- not just the majority 'Han' Chinese but also the many minorities that I saw in the west -- the Uyghurs, Kazaks, Uzbeks, etc. There is tremendous opportunity for economic development projects in Urumqi, Kashi, Turpan (the YUMMIEST grapes on earth!) , Hami, and other towns on the ancient 'Silk Route.' How sad that immediate involvement by my company is on-hold for the time being...but I trust that common sense will prevail in our world and that it will be possible to resume normal travel in Central Asia soon. I feel utterly frustrated by the inability to put my ideas into motion right now but that's nothing compared to the losses suffered by countless others in NY, DC & elsewhere.

* I'm in the process of publishing an article on my travels on the Silk Route so I'll keep details to myself, but anyone who wishes to ask me specific questions on either the ballet competition or 'China Travel Tips' can write to me at szoradi@erols.com [Not that I expect anyone to jump on a plane anytime soon, given the tragedy of last week...]

Thanks again for your interest in my reports & feedback. God Bless America AND China!

[ 09-17-2001: Message edited by: Jeannie ]

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