It is already two weeks that I am in China!

I can’t believe it, I’ve already been two weeks in China! Time goes so fast that it is difficult to keep track of the things I see, the people I meet, and the wonderful food I’ve had the pleasure to eat!

It is true that this feeling of a slow catching up with things is partly due to the slow motion effect of the jet lag and to the fact that I spent the first week at the University of Nottingham in Ningbo to present “Streets of…” at the DRHA conference.

I arrived at the campus at night and it was all a bit surreal. The heat, the huge buildings which seemed to have landed from another planet on the well tended English grass, the red sky, the sound of the insects emerging from the deadly silence… Where am I? China? Can this really be true?

Artificial lights

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So here I am, and it’s summer again. It had already turned a bit chilly in London before I left and I am not sure if what I put in the suitcase will make any sense, considering the limited preparation during the hectic few weeks before taking off to China. The trip is sponsored by the British Council as part of the “China – UK Connections Through Culture” programme. So I am here to reseach my next piece “Streets of Shanghai”, see a couple of locations in the country and meet local artists to establish possible collaborations.

I am excited and yet too dizzy to make sense of the reality around me. Will I sleep tonight? Delegates will arrive in a couple of days. Will the conference help me to develop this piece? How?
Too many questions. My head cannot relax. I feel the exhaustion. I should go to sleep.

I go up to my hotel room after a short stroll around the campus. I fall asleep, but then the sound of fireworks wakes me up after only a few hours. What is it? What do they celebrate at 6am?
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I look through the window. I can’t see much. Only the dim light of the new day bathing the imposing buildings surrounding the campus. It’s time to get up and start my day.

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