My fifth teacher Appreciation day in China. We were taken to a hotel up the road from the big Carrefour on 八宝街. The room was fitted out with a well-equipped stage: sound system (complete with ear-splitting feedback), lights, smoke machine (make your own pollution indoors), bubble machine, and snow machine. There we watched some fairly polished acts and reflected on how pitiful our own offering was going to be.
Actually, It could’ve been worse.
One of the sketches dragged on and on and on, which is not something that you could accuse us of. Ours was short and sharp, although we did perform it three times. One of the highlights was the troupe of face changers, including a puppet face changer which is not something I’ve seen before.
As well as a sexy dancing girl (natch), we also had a band of sexy girls playing traditional Chinese instruments. One of the members definitely liked to perform for an audience. If this was a few hundread years ago, she would’ve been a 姬 (jī), which not only means “professional female singer”, but also “concubine”. It was also a complementary term for women in ancient China. I assume that this might be how the homophonous 鸡 “chicken” comes to have its slang sense.
We got fed afterwards, and the whole thing was over by about 7pm.
Meanwhile, the weather here has turned wet with an extra thick slice of greyness. Very dull and dingey this morning. I felt like going straight back to bed and hibernating.