After nearly 3 days of constant travel, I arrived in central China over the weekend. Located high up in the UNESCO protected Wudang Mountain is the Wudang Taoist Martial Arts School overseen by Master Chen Shiyu. The school is not only remote and quiet, it’s also situated in the heart of a tiny hamlet called Huilongguan set deep into the terraced slopes of Wudang Mtn. A very special place indeed.
I’m working again with visionary choreographer Hallgrim Hansegård (who heads up the Frikar dance company in Norway). Hallgrim is studying Master Chen Shiyu and his students’ wushu kung fu and meditation techniques and will then develop movement sequences with them and Norwegian Halling dancers back in Norway. Accompanying us is Kim Gibson; a world expert in Wushu Kung Fu and fluent in Chinese. More about the project in later posts.
In the meantime, one of unexpected delights of the school is the Master’s 4 year daughter who has supplied constant amusement with her independent and very strong willed personality.
A perfect example of this is her bright idea to clear the van windscreen (heating system broken) with newspaper as her father drove her to school down the mountain in Laoying town whilst combining a supplies run for the academy’s 40 students. Hallgrim, Kim and I went for the ride. Suffice to say, she wiped away the mist perfectly for the whole journey!