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An exchange of art and culture which carries with it a message of peace and caring.

RE teaching at Jung Jiang High School and the hot springs

Students from Jung Jiang High School

Students from Jung Jiang High School

Students from Jung Jiang High School

Students from Jung Jiang High School

Japanese style hot springs, Taipei

Japanese style hot springs, Taipei

We taught this afternoon at Jung Jiang High School in Taipei. There were about 34 students in the class, around 15/16 years of age. Once again it was a total delight. We did some body work with them at the beginning, which led into blind leading trust work in trios and we finished with a ’round robin’ dance form. This will sound like double dutch to those of you that are not familiar with dance improvisation – but don’t despair. Renay, Laura and I shared the teaching, and Mei translated. We were all utterly amazed by the students attentiveness to each other, and their ability to focus and work together. I tried to imagine working with this material with students of a similar age in the US or UK. I think it would be a VERY different story, and that perhaps the students would have more trouble giving themselves so totally to the tasks.
We promised to post their photos on the blog – so check them out.

When we mentioned that we wanted to visit a hot spring, Director Lu from the dance department gave us the name of the best hot springs in Taipei. The students had done extensive research into the hot springs for a choreography they did on the topic. What a genius research for a choreography because of course they went to try them out! Impressive.

So after the class we went to the Japanese style hot springs that Director Lu had recommended. The name roughly translated means Easy House. Japan occupied Taiwan for about 50 years from 1895 – 1945 , and so there is still evidence of their traditions in Taiwan. One of those is the Japanese style hot springs. The one we visited tonight was built originally for the Japanese soldiers. We certainly had an ‘easy’ time there, basking in warm sulphur waters that come right out of the bowels of the earth (see photo). A stream running down the hill beside the building is steaming hot, and it’s possible to cook an egg in the waters. We didn’t try this – but we did cook ourselves slightly and tonight feel deliciously relaxed and clean.

Tomorrow we have morning Tai Chi with Master Pong, and then we teach a 4hr workshop in the afternoon with the Taipei Dance Forum dance company. In the evening we go to see a performance El Yiyo in New Flamenco Generation. More about that tomorrow……

I just posted a web address for the documentary film ‘The Flute Player’ about the life of Arn Chorn Pond who we will be visiting in Phnom Penh. It is quite extraordinary so if you have time check it out…..



  Ninh wrote @

Hello Kirstie, It’s nice to follow your project in Cambodia. I will be an assiduous reader.

Much love.


  ljcdance wrote @

Hi Ninh, so nice to see your comment. As always it’s SO very nice to know you are there.
We are having a wonderful time.
Just did Tai Chi…. quiet, restful and energizing in the morning.
Sending much love to you

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